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Month: February 2018

Farmers for Free Trade Releases New Report Highlighting How Agriculture is Targeted for Retaliation in Trade Disputes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           CONTACT: Matt McAlvanah – [email protected] – 202-341-9362

READ THE FULL REPORT HERE

Report details how America’s trading partners historically target politically and economically symbolic ag products; Report comes as Trump Administration contemplates tariffs on steel and aluminum that could result in retaliation

(Washington, D.C.) – Farmers for Free Trade, a bipartisan campaign to rebuild support for trade at the grassroots level, today released anew report highlighting how American farmers and ranchers have traditionally paid the price for trade disputes in the form of retaliatory tariffs on ag products. The report comes as the Trump Administration makes final decisions on placing tariffs on steel and aluminum and in the wake of new tariffs that have been erected on solar panels and washing machines.

“While everyone agrees we need to hold our trading partners accountable, taking unilateral action to raise tariffs often comes with harmful unintended consequences here at home,” said Brian Kuehl, Executive Director of Farmers for Free Trade. “History shows those consequences are most often paid by American farmers in the form of retaliatory tariffs on the ag exports farmers rely on to make ends meet. At a time when farm incomes have decreased and global supply has increased, it’s vital that we not take any action that would result in reducing American agricultural exports. It’s more important than ever that U.S. leaders take a thoughtful approach to raising trade barriers that weighs the impact of retaliation on American agricultural exports.”

The report includes a lengthy list of ag products that have been targeted in disputes just over the last two decades including disputes over cross-border trucking, country of origin labeling, and tires. The report also includes the specific tariff level assigned to a range of ag products.

Farmers for Free Trade is a bipartisan campaign to rebuild support for trade and is dedicated to supporting and expanding the economic benefits of free trade for farmers and ranchers.  It’s working to keep, enhance and advance trade agreements by lending a pragmatic voice to negotiations impacting the industry. Farmers for Free Trade is co-chaired by former U.S. Senators Max Baucus (D – MT) and Richard Lugar (R – IN). 

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Farmers for Free Trade Statement on Commerce Department’s Report Recommending Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 2/16/18                                                    CONTACT: [email protected]

(Washington D.C.) – Today, Brian Kuehl, Executive Director of Farmers for Free Trade, issued the following statement after the Department of Commerce released its report on a Section 232 investigation on steel and aluminum imports. The Commerce Department report recommends major new tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum.

“Everyone agrees we need to hold our trading partners accountable, but taking unilateral action to raise tariffs often comes with harmful unintended consequences. History shows those consequences are most often paid by American farmers.  If the President follows through on these tariffs it could escalate trade tensions rather than resolve them, putting U.S. agricultural exports in the cross-hairs.  

“The agriculture sector knows from experience that our ag exports are the first to be hit by retaliation. Whether it’s our chickens in retaliation for tariffs on Chinese tires, or U.S. apples and wine exports as a result of a Mexican trucking dispute, historically, agriculture always has the biggest target on its back. The fact that China just targeted U.S. sorghum is only the most recent example. We urge the President to consider the very real price our farmers and ranchers would end up paying if we continue to escalate back and forth reprisals that close off global markets.”

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