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Month: March 2018

What They’re Saying: Farmers for Free Trade Asks Trump Administration to Protect Free Trade in New Ad Campaign

Farmers from Montana and Indiana featured in personal appeals to President Trump that are running on cable news, online, and in ag communities across the country

Watch: Indiana soy and corn farmer Brent Bible says his farm “could be one of the first casualties of a trade war.”

Watch: Fourth-generation Montana farmer Michelle Erickson-Jones says “policies that restrict trade would be devastating for farms like ours.”

Reuters: U.S. farm group targets Trump with free-trade ads (03/13/18)

“A farm lobbying group is spending $500,000 to air television ads on channels near U.S. President Donald Trump’s home in Florida to encourage free trade, with the group worried recent metal tariffs could result in retaliation against U.S. agricultural goods. Farmers for Free Trade, a bipartisan group, on Tuesday said it would run ads on programs the president is known to watch – including “Fox and Friends” and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

POLITICO: Farmers want some of Trump’s TV time (03/13/18)

“The effort by farmers, a key part of the president’s base, will be the first to appeal directly to the president in his living room. The advertisement, which starts Wednesday and runs through the month, will air during Fox and Friends, Lou Dobbs and Morning Joe — some of Trump’s favorite shows for distilling the day’s news, said one source familiar with the planning of the campaign.”

POLITICO Playbook: Pence and McCarthy have 6-million-dollar day in NYC (03/13/18)

“AD WARS: PER MORNING TRADE: “U.S. farmers, who represent a crucial part of President Donald Trump’s base of support, are taking advantage of the president’s well-known television-watching habits this month to try to send a trade message to the White House. With a TV advertisement that will air on Fox News’ ‘Fox & Friends,’ Fox Business and MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe,’ farmers are launching their first major effort to use the airwaves to sway Trump on his trade policies in the aftermath of his steel and aluminum tariff action.”

POLITICO Morning Trade: GOP Hill leaders backing away from fighting over tariffs (03/13/18)

“FARMERS FLOCK TO FOX NEWS TO BEND TRUMP’S EAR ON TRADE: U.S. farmers, who represent a crucial part of President Donald Trump’s base of support, are taking advantage of the president’s well-known television-watching habits this month to try to send a trade message to the White House. With a TV advertisement that will air on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” Fox Business and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” farmers are launching their first major effort to use the airwaves to sway Trump on his trade policies in the aftermath of his steel and aluminum tariff action. The half-million-dollar ad buy comes as agricultural groups are increasingly concerned that they will be among the hardest hit in the event that another country decides to retaliate against the U.S. for those tariffs.”

POLITICO Morning Trade: Ag groups get their day at the Winder (03/30/18)

“FARMERS BACK ON TRUMP’S AIRWAVES: A group of farm organizations isn’t resting in trying to get Trump’s attention, buying more ad time on some of Trump’s most-watched channels. The ad was paid for by Farmers for Free Trade — an advocacy group formed last year by several agriculture industry groups in response to the president’s potential withdrawal from NAFTA and other administration trade policies. The ad is the second the group has invested in. Earlier this month, a similar ad featured Montana farmer and rancher Michelle Erickson-Jones cautioning against trade restrictive policies.”

POLITICO Morning Agriculture: Cautious optimism on new nutrition goals (03/30/18)

“Farmers back on Trump’s airwaves: A group of farm organizations isn’t resting in trying to get Trump’s attention on TV. Farmers for Free Trade has put out its second ad that will run for the next two weeks on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC in both the Washington and West Palm Beach, Fla., media markets.”

POLITICO Influence: Remember the tariffs? (03/13/18)

“Farmers are also not pleased with the tariffs. POLITICO’s Adam Behsudi reported this morning that Farmers for Free Trade, an advocacy group formed by several agriculture industry groups, sponsored a half-million-dollar ad-buy to protest the tariffs.”

The Hill: Farmers hit Trump on trade in new ad (03/13/18)

“In the ad from Farmers for Free Trade, a coalition of agriculture groups, American farmers argue that a trade war sparked by Trump’s tariffs could hurt their businesses. ‘The crops that we grow here on this farm are exported across the globe,’ Montana farmer Michelle Erickson-Jones says in the ad.”

Inside U.S. Trade: Farmers for Free Trade wants Trump to see new ad showing farmers’ concerns about trade policies (03/13/18)

“A pro-trade agriculture group is taking to cable TV to show President Trump that farmers are growing concerned about his administration’s trade policies. Farmers for Free Trade, formed last year just before NAFTA renegotiation talks got underway, says its national cable ad , which began airing on Tuesday, ‘calls on the President to protect free trade policies that support American farmers.’”

AgDaily: Farmers for Free Trade TV ad hopes to get Trump’s attention (03/14/18)

“The spot, which features fourth-generation Montana farmer Michelle Erickson-Jones and her family, notes that while many rural Americans families are optimistic about economic growth under President Trump, there are mounting concerns among farmers about trade policies that would reduce access to the export markets they depend on.”

Farm Futures: Farmers for Free Trade launch ‘Voice of Farmer’ campaign (03/13/18)

“Farmers are increasingly concerned that President Trump’s trade policies will reduce access to export markets. In response, Farmers for Free Trade today released a national cable television advertisement that calls on Trump to protect free trade policies that support American farmers.”

Modern Farmer: “Farmers for Free Trade” runs ad during “Fox and Friends” to get Trump’s attention (03/16/18)

“Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum have triggered the countries that produce those products, like many in the European Union, to propose a retaliatory tariff of their own, more than a billion of which would be targeted at American agricultural products. This could be devastating to our nation’s farmers, some of which aren’t willing to let their exports die without a fight. Farmers for Free Trade, a coalition of farmers, farm corporations, farm groups, and former politicians from both major parties, is taking a creative route to get Trump to hear their message.”

KTIC Radio: (Video) Farmers for Free Trade Launching $500,000 ad campaign on trade (03/15/18)

“The ad will highlight Montana grain and oilseed farmer Michelle Erickson-Jones. It’s scheduled to run on Fox and Friends, Lou Dobbs, and Morning Joe, as well as online. In the ad, Erickson-Jones says, ‘We depend on free trade policies to maintain our export markets.’”

American Ag Radio Network: Farmers for Free Trade launching $500,000 ad campaign on trade (03/13/18)

Farmers for Free Trade is gearing up for a half-million-dollar ad campaign for a new television ad warning against the aggressive trade policies of President Trump. Farmers for Free Trade says those policies make agriculture a prime target against trade retaliation.”

 

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NEW FFT TV AD: As China Prepares Retaliatory Tariffs on American Ag Exports, Farmers for Free Trade Releases New National TV Advertisement Warning President Trump of Impact on Farmers

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As China Prepares Retaliatory Tariffs on American Ag Exports, Farmers for Free Trade Releases New National TV Advertisement Warning President Trump of Impact on Farmers

WATCH National Ad Features Indiana Soy Farmer and Former State Trooper Brent Bible who cautions: “Our farm and many others like ours will be one of the first casualties of a trade war.”

American Soybean Association President: “Retaliation that reduces demand and prices for our crops will further harm farmers and rural communities that depend on exports.”

(Washington, D.C.) – Farmers for Free Trade today released a new national cable television advertisement today that highlights the damaging impact retaliation from a series of new tariffs would have on critical American exports. The spot features Indiana soy and corn farmer, and former Indiana state trooper, Brent Bible whose soy operation, like similar producers, relies heavily on exports to China.

“Today, we farm about 5000 acres and raise primarily corn and soybeans,” Bible says in the 30 second spot. “I’m supportive of the Trump administration, but I have a lot of concerns about current actions that have been taken on trade and tariffs. The fact that China is our number one soy bean customer makes us very vulnerable. Our farm and many others like ours will be one of the first casualties of a trade war.”

The message to the President will run for the next two weeks on cable news channels including Fox, CNN, and MSNBC. It will run in the D.C. and Florida markets. The ad will also run online and in ag publications across the country This is the second in a series of Farmers for Free Trade ads that bring the voices of real farmers across America into the trade debate. The first ad featured fourth-generation Montana farmer, Michelle Erickson-Jones. Farmers for Free Trade has also launched a Voice of the Farmer tool on their website that allows farmers to film short messages of support for ag trade that can be shared with lawmakers.

WATCH – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTLHdwyMn8A&feature=youtu.be

Today’s ad comes following tariff announcements on steel and aluminum and on the section 301 intellectual property investigation. Already, China has announced $3 billion in retaliatory tariffs stemming from the steel and aluminum action, with the bulk of the tariffs targeting ag exports. It is expected that China will also retaliate against U.S. exports in response to the 301 tariffs.

“China is looking to hit us where it hurts most. That’s why they are going after American ag exports,” said Farmers for Free Trade Co-Chair and former Montana Senator Max Baucus. “We are already seeing fruit, wine and other ag exports being targeted because of the Administration’s actions and we will likely see more tariffs on ag exports in the near future. In a trade war nearly everyone loses, but nobody pays a stiffer price than American farmers.”

“The farmers whose livelihoods are on the line need to be heard,” said Farmers for Free Trade Co-Chair and former Indiana Senator Richard Lugar. “Which is why I’m proud to see Brent Bible from my home state come forward to voice the concerns of soy and corn farmers everywhere. The administration needs to understand how the unintended consequences of a tit-for-tat trade fight are going to cause pain in rural communities across the country.”

“Crop prices are down 40 percent; farm income is down 50 percent, just in the last five years. Retaliation that reduces demand and prices for our crops will further harm farmers and rural communities that depend on exports” said John Heisdorffer, Iowa farmer and president of the American Soybean Association. “Through groups like Farmers for Free Trade, we’re able to shine a valuable spotlight on Brent, and the thousands of farmers like him who stand to lose if we face retaliation from our largest customer.”

Farmers for Free Trade is a bipartisan, non-profit campaign to rebuild support at the grassroots level for trade policies that benefit American agriculture. Farmers for Free Trade works to amplify the voices of millions of American farmers, ranchers and agricultural businesses who want to open new markets for American ag products, protect free trade policies, and reduce risk and uncertainty. Farmers for Free Trade, which is backed by major ag organizations and commodity groups is leading efforts to warn the Administration and lawmakers of the consequences of retaliation on farmers and rural communities.

For more on Farmers for Free Trade visit: FarmersForFreeTrade.com

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Farmers For Free Trade “In the News” March Edition

Farmers for Free Trade Releases “Voice of the Farmer” Ad Campaign Asking President Trump to Protect Trade

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Read more about the campaign: Farmers want some of Trump’s TV Time (Politico), Farmers for Free Trade Launch “Voice of Farmer” Campaign (Farm Futures), U.S. farm group targets Trump with free-trade ads (Reuters)

Farmers for Free Trade Invites Farmers to Add Their Voices to the Trade Debate

FFT is asking farmers from around the country to create a short video talking about the critical role trade plays in agriculture. Learn more about how to make your voice heard at FarmersforFreeTrade.com.

Farmers for Free Trade Brings Farmers to Mexico for
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See: FFT traveled to Mexico to talk about the importance of NAFTA to farmers and ranchers.

Farmers for Free Trade Statement on Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

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Farmers for Free Trade Brings Farmer Voices to Recent Trade Events

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Dons FFT Button at Commodities Classic

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Farmers for Free Trade Releases Statement on the Announcement of Tariffs Stemming from the China Section 301 Investigation

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Statement from Farmers for Free Trade on the Announcement of Tariffs Stemming from the China Section 301 Investigation

(Sheridan, Wyoming) – Today, Brian Kuehl, Executive Director of Farmers for Free Trade, a bipartisan campaign to restore support for trade policies that benefit American farmers and ranchers, released the following statement on the Section 301 tariff announcement.

“These tariffs will put a target on American farmers’ backs. In fact, in testimony this morning, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said that “farmers get the short end of the stick” when we raise tariffs like these on other countries.

 “Given that China is the second largest export market for American farmers and ranchers, the pain from retaliation could be significant. In fact, state-run Chinese media has already indicated that American soy exports could be targeted. That would mean that the nearly $14 billion in annual soy exports from American farmers could face an immediate tax. Other reports from China have noted that American pork and sorghum exports may be targeted.

“Nobody wins in a trade war, but it’s also true that some sectors of the economy lose more than others, and over the years, American agriculture has consistently paid the price for protectionism. 

“We urge the Trump administration to consider the impact these escalating tariff actions will have on farm country. With farm incomes declining, the last thing our farmers and rural communities can afford is a tax on the exports they rely on.”

Farmers for Free Trade is currently running television, radio, and online ads featuring American farmers who are concerned about trade policies emerging from Washington D.C. You can also visit FarmerforFreeTrade.com to view videos that everyday American farmers are recording to voice their concerns about trade policies that would harm exports.

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New National TV Ad: Farmers for Free Trade Calls on President Trump to Protect Trade Policies American Farmers Depend On

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Farmers for Free Trade Calls on President Trump to Protect Trade Policies American Farmers Depend on in New National Television Ad

Message to President from Montana family farmer will run on cable news channels and online across the country; Ad will kick-off Farmers for Free Trade’s “Voice of the Farmer” campaign

(Washington, D.C.) Farmers for Free Trade released a new national cable television advertisement today that calls on the President to protect free trade policies that support American farmers. The spot, which features fourth-generation Montana farmer Michelle Erickson-Jones and her family, notes that while many rural Americans families are optimistic about economic growth under President Trump, there are mounting concerns among farmers about trade policies that would reduce access to the export markets they depend on. The advertisement will also run online and on ag programs across the country.

https://youtu.be/XtNS4cFLqXU

Michelle Erickson-Jones is a farmer and rancher from Broadview, Montana. She grows grains and raises cattle on her family-owned farm. Erickson-Jones explains the importance of export markets to her farm and the dangers of trade policies that restrict export in the ad:

“We depend on free trade policies to maintain our export markets,” Erickson-Jones says in the 30-second spot“The crops that we grow here on this farm are exported across the globe. Policies that restrict trade would be devastating for farms like ours. Someday I’d like to pass the farm down to my boys. Mr. President, protect free trade and keep our agriculture economy strong.”

The message to the President will run at least the next four weeks on cable news channels including Fox, CNN, and MSNBC, online and on rural ag programs across the country. The TV spots will run in D.C. and are expected to run in Florida when the President travels there. The ad will also help launch Farmers for Free Trade’s “Voice of the Farmer” campaign (https://www.farmersforfreetrade.com) which will allow farmers from across the country to record a video in support of trade or call their lawmakers to ask that they work with President Trump to maintain and expand export opportunities for American agriculture.

“Farmers are increasingly worried about what they are seeing from Washington D.C. on trade,” said Farmers for Free Trade Co-Chair and former Montana Senator Max Baucus“When the U.S. engages in a tit-for-tat fight with our trading partners, farmers pay the price. While we need tough trade enforcement, we need to be smart about avoiding global trade fights that hurt American agriculture.”

“American farmers and ranchers depend on policies that open markets and are hurt by policies that throw up barriers to trade,” said Farmers for Free Trade Co-Chair and former Indiana Senator Richard Lugar“Escalating trade tensions will invite retaliation targeted at our farmers and will raise the price of ag equipment and inputs. We are working to ensure that American farmers are making their voices heard so that we avoid a trade war.”

Farmers for Free Trade is bipartisan, non-profit campaign to rebuild support at the grassroots level for trade policies that benefit American agriculture. Farmers for Free Trade works to amplify the voices of millions of American farmers, ranchers and agricultural businesses who want to open new markets for American ag products, protect free trade policies, and reduce risk and uncertainty.

 

For more on Farmers for Free Trade visit: FarmersForFreeTrade.com

 

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Farmers for Free Trade Statement on Aluminum and Steel Tariff Announcement

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Farmers for Free Trade Statement on Aluminum and Steel Tariff Announcement

(Washington D.C.) – Today, Brian Kuehl, Executive Director of Farmers for Free Trade issued the following statement after President Trump said the United States will impose tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum imports.

“This announcement invites retaliation that we are deeply concerned will hurt American farmers. These tariffs are very likely to accelerate a tit-for-tat approach on trade, putting US agricultural exports in the cross-hairs. Already we have seen China discuss tariffs on sorghum. The EU and China have also indicated they will move forward with swift retaliation in the wake of these tariffs.

“Everyone agrees we need to hold our trading partners accountable, but taking unilateral action to raise tariffs carries harmful unintended consequences. 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.”

READ A NEW REPORT FROM FARMERS FOR FREE TRADE ON HOW AGRICULTURE IS TARGETED IN TRADE DISPUTES HERE: http://farmersforfreetrade.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/The-Cost-of-Retaliation.pdf

For more on Farmers for Free Trade visit: farmersforfreetrade.com

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