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Month: April 2019

Farmers for Free Trade Statement on U.S. ITC Report on USMCA

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(Chicago, IL) – Brian Kuehl, Co-Executive Director of Farmers for Free Trade, the bipartisan coalition supported by American ag commodity groups, today released the following statement in reaction to the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (USITC) report on the economic benefits of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

“The true benefit that USMCA delivers for American farmers is certainty and stability. 
Especially right now, American farmers need a victory. USMCA will guarantee that their most important export markets remain open for business and free from red tape. 

“While the ITC report is an important step in the process of considering trade agreements, the benefits of North American trade are already well understood, particularly by farmers and ranchers. Under NAFTA, ag exports to Canada and Mexico, grew from $8 billion in 1993 to $40 billion last year.

“Over the course of the last week we have traveled across the Midwest talking to farmers, ranchers and businesses about USMCA. They are looking to Congress to deliver a trade victory for them that will safeguard North American access and send a signal to the world that we are ready to negotiate similar agreements that open markets to Made-in-America farm products.”

For more on Farmers for Free Trade’s whistle stop tour in support of USMCA visit: https://farmersforfreetrade.com/motorcade-for-trade/

MICHIGAN FARMS: New Data Released on Michigan Farm and Food Trade with Canada and Mexico as Part of Natonal Whistle Stop Tour

As Michigan members of Congress prepare to consider the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) that will replace NAFTA, new data shows that Michigan jobs and farm exports are on the line 

Farmers for Free Trade releases data at event at  Milligan Farms in Cass City as part of 11 state #MotorcadeForTrade USMCA tour

MANHEIM, PA – Farmers for Free Trade, the bipartisan, nationwide coalition supported by American farm commodity groups, today released new data on the importance of agricultural trade at an event in MIchigan as part of it’s national #MotorcadeForTrade RV Tour. The event, which was held at Milligan Farms in Cass City, focused on the importance of trade and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to MIchigan agriculture. The USMCA will be considered this year to update the North American Free Trade Agreeement (NAFTA). 

“USMCA will help provide stability and certainty for Michigan farmers,” said Brian Kuehl, Executive Co-Director, Farmers for Free Trade. “USMCA will also help keep Michigan’s most important export markets open for business. Canada and Mexico are vital markets that support Made-in-Michigan farm exports from grains, to dairy to vegetables. This tour will help get the word out to farmers and lawmakers that USMCA is critical to Michigan farmers, their families and rural communities.”  The following is new data that Farmers for Free Trade is releasing that highlights state agricultural trade with Canada and Mexico that is on the line. The data was compiled by The Trade Partnership, an international trade and economic analysis firm. 

The #MotorcadeForTrade RV Tour: Farmers for Free Trade is undertaking an 11 state, 3,500 mile RV tour across the country in support of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The initial two-week leg of the tour, which will take place over the two-week April Congressional recess, will include stops across the Midwest at family farms, coffee shops, ag equipment dealers, small businesses, and more. Events along the tour will highlight American farmers’ reliance on trade with Canada and Mexico, which supports millions of jobs and nearly $40 billion in American exports each year. Several stops will include meetings with member of Congress who will be considering the USMCA agreement. LEARN MORE HERE

PA: New Data Released on Pennsylvania Farm and Food Trade with Canada and Mexico as Part of Natonal Whistle Stop Tour

As Pennsylvania members of Congress prepare to consider the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) that will replace NAFTA, new data shows that Pennsylvania jobs and farm exports are on the line 

Farmers for Free Trade releases data at event at Kreider Farms in Manheim, PA as part of 11 state #MotorcadeForTrade USMCA tour

MANHEIM, PA – Farmers for Free Trade, the bipartisan, nationwide coalition supported by American farm commodity groups, today released new data on the importance of agricultural trade at an event in Pennsylvania as part of it’s national #MotorcadeForTrade RV Tour. The event, which was held at Kreider Farms in Manheim, focused on the importance of trade and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to Pennsylvania agriculture. The USMCA will be considered this year to update the North American Free Trade Agreeement (NAFTA).

Participants at the event include members of the Pennsylvania agriculture community in addition to Congressman Lloyd Smucker (PA-11) and former U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln. Other participants included Jim Bair, President & CEO, U.S. Apple Association; Ron Kreider, Owner, Kreider Farms; Brett Davis, Vice President, New Holland Agriculture; Christian Herr, Executive Vice President, PennAg Industries Association; and Angela Marshall Hofmann, Executive Co-Director of Farmers for Free Trade. 

“Right now, like any other business, Pennsylvania farmers, their families and the rural communities they live in are looking for an agreement that allows them predictable, open access to the state’s most important trading partners across North America,” said Farmers for Free Trade Spokesperson and former U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln. “USMCA is the economic opportunity they need and deserve. As we heard today, USMCA allows Pennsylvania exports to flow across borders without being taxed by tariffs or slowed by red tape. It is critical for Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation to listen to their farmers on this issue and to support the agreement.” The following is new data that Farmers for Free Trade is releasing that highlights state agricultural trade with Canada and Mexico that is on the line. The data was compiled by The Trade Partnership, an international trade and economic analysis firm.

The #MotorcadeForTrade RV Tour: Farmers for Free Trade is undertaking an 11 state, 3,500 mile RV tour across the country in support of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The initial two-week leg of the tour, which will take place over the two-week April Congressional recess, will include stops across the Midwest at family farms, coffee shops, ag equipment dealers, small businesses, and more. Events along the tour will highlight American farmers’ reliance on trade with Canada and Mexico, which supports millions of jobs and nearly $40 billion in American exports each year. Several stops will include meetings with member of Congress who will be considering the USMCA agreement. LEARN MORE HERE

Farmers for Free Trade Announces Former U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln as New Campaign Spokesperson for USMCA Campaign

Former U.S. Senator and Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Blanche Lincoln, to Join Farmers for Free Trade and help launch the #MotorcadeForTrade Tour in Pennsylvania 

(Washington, D.C.) – Farmers for Free Trade, the bipartisan campaign focused on amplifying the voices of American farmers, ranchers and agricultural businesses that support free trade, will launch its #MotorcadeForTrade RV tour across the Midwest on Friday, April 12, 2019 in support of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Joining the kickoff event will be former U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln, who joins the campaign as a senior advisor and spokesperson. Senator Lincoln brings over two decades of experience working on agriculture and trade policy. Her expertise brings a powerful voice to American farmers during a critical time in trade history. 

“Now more than ever it is critical that the voices of farmers, ranchers, and agricultural workers are heard across the country,” Senator Lincoln said. “Congressional approval of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement is a top priority for our nation’s agriculture industry and I’m pleased to have the opportunity to join the voice of America’s farmers on the importance of North American trade. The whistle stop tour Farmers for Free Trade is leading across the country will help lift up the voices of farmers who need to be able to participate in the global economy and deserve certainty that they’ll have access to the Canadian and Mexican markets.”

Senator Lincoln represented Arkansas in Congress for 16 years as both a two-term member of the House and a two-term member of the Senate. She is the youngest female ever elected to serve in the United States Senate and became the first female in history to serve as Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. As a farmer’s daughter, she became known in the Senate as a champion of production agriculture who fought to ensure that producers were able to continue to provide the safest, most abundant, and affordable supply of food to meet the global needs of the 21st century. Senator Lincoln is also responsible for founding the Senate Hunger Caucus and working across party lines to author and enact the largest investment in child nutrition programs in history. As a member of the Senate Finance committee, she also fought hard to expand free and fair trade.

“Farmers for Free Trade has been working for years to mobilize the voices of farmers to bring attention to the importance of trade to agriculture. During a period of declined farm income and uncertainty due to the trade war, I am especially glad to join the fight in rebuilding bipartisan support for trade.”

Senator Lincoln will join Farmers for Free Trade at its launch of the #MotorcadeForTrade RV Tour this Friday, April 12, 2019, with a farm event in Lancaster County, PA. The discussion will focus on the importance of trade and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to the economy of rural America and states like Pennsylvania. 

Details on Friday’s event for both members of the community and members of the press can be found below:

WHAT: Pennsylvania Farm Roundtable and Press Event 

WHEN: Friday, April 12, 2019 from 9:00am to 10:00am ET

WHERE: Kreider Farms, 1461 Lancaster Rd, Manheim, PA 17545

WHO:

  • The Honorable Blanche Lincoln, former U.S. Senator and Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee
  • Congressman Lloyd Smucker (PA-11)
  • Jim Bair, President & CEO, U.S. Apple Association
  • Ron Kreider, Owner, Kreider Farms
  • Brett Davis, Vice President, New Holland Agriculture
  • Christian Herr, Executive Vice President, PennAg Industries Association
  • Angela Marshall Hofmann, Executive Co-Director, Farmers for Free Trade

Please email [email protected] if you are a member of the media and would like to attend the roundtable.

To follow the tour on social media follow @farmersfortrade on twitter or Farmers for Trade on Facebook. Also look for #MotorcadeForTrade and #USMCA for regular updates from the road. You can also find tour stops and other information at http://www.farmersforfreetrade.com/motorcade-for-trade

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Farmers for Free Trade to Launch 11 State, 3,500 Mile RV Tour Across the Midwest in Support of USMCA

MOTORCADE FOR TRADE: Tour through farm districts during the two-week April Congressional recess will include events on the importance of agriculture trade with Canada & Mexico; Events with members of Congress 

Campaign will launch in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on Friday April 12th; Further legs to support USMCA planned for summer months

Find Pictures of the #MotorcadeForTrade RV HERE

WASHINGTON – Farmers for Free Trade, the bipartisan coalition supported by ag commodity groups from across the agricultural industry, today announced the Motorcade for Trade tour, a 11 state, 3,500 mile RV tour across the country in support of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The initial two-week leg of the tour, which will take place over the two-week April Congressional recess, will include stops across the Midwest at family farms, coffee shops, ag equipment dealers, small businesses, and more. Events along the tour will highlight American farmers’ reliance on trade with Canada and Mexico, which supports millions of jobs and nearly $40 billion in American exports each year. Several stops will include meetings with member of Congress who will be considering the USMCA agreement.

“This tour will provide an on-the-ground, up-close look at how American agriculture needs trade with Canada and Mexico to survive,” said Angela Hofmann, co-founder of Farmers for Free Trade. “Especially right now, American farmers are looking for a win that provides them certainty and predictability that thier exports will find open markets across North America. USMCA will provide that win. To help reinforce for Members of Congress how important trade with Canada and Mexico is we are going to get out on the farms in their district and talk to the men and women whose livelihoods are on the line.”

The Motorcade for Trade will be led by a 25 foot RV that prominently displays key facts and messages on the importance of agricultural trade with Mexico and Canada. Each stop on the tour will feature the RV. Meetings and events will include local farmers and producers, members of Congress, state ag secretaries, former members of Congress, local officeholders and more. Local statistics on the importance of trade with Canada and Mexico will also be distributed at all stops along the tour. 

The tour will kick off at Kreider Farms in Manheim, Pennsylvania on Friday, April 12th at 9:00 AM. The current list of tour stops follows:

  • Lancaster County, Pennsylvania – Friday, April 12th – Kreider Farms, Manheim, PA
  • Utica, New York – Saturday, April 13th – DiNitto Farms, Marcy, NY
  • Buffalo, New York – Saturday, April 13th – Event on cross border trade – Location TBD
  • Canton/Massillon, Ohio – Monday, April 15th – Klick’s Cattle Company, Massillon, OH
  • Cass City, Michigan – Tuesday, April 16th – Milligan Farms, Cass City, MI
  • Fair Oaks, Indiana – Wednesday, April 17th – Location TBD
  • Woodstock, Illinois – Thursday, April 18th – Location TBD
  • La Crosse, Wisconsin – Tuesday, April 23rd – Location TBD
  • Iowa – Wednesday, April 24th – Location TBD
  • Minnesota – Thursday, April 25th – Location TBD
  • North Dakota – Friday, April 26th – Appert Farms, Hazelton, ND
  • Billings, Montana – Friday, April 26th – Erickson Farm/Gooseneck Land and Cattle, Broadview, MT

The tour will also include numerous other stops at coffee shops, small businesses dependent on trade and media availabilities. Stops will happen in a total of 11 states that include: Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana. 

“We know that passing large trade agreements like USMCA requires the voices and activism of American farmers at the local level,” said Farmers for Free Trade co-founder Brian Kuehl. “With farmers activated and engaged it’s hard for lawmakers to ignore the overwhelming benefits this agreement delivers for the ag community in their own backyard. This tour is a first step in educating many at the grassroots level about what USMCA is, reminding them that it keeps the vital market access NAFTA  provides in place and pointing out that it’s up for consideration this year. 

  • To follow the tour on social media follow @farmersfortrade on twitter or Farmers for Trade on Facebook. Also look for #MotorcadeForTrade and #USMCA for regular updates from the road. You can also find tour stops and other information at http://www.farmersforfreetrade.com/motorcade-for-trade
  • National and local media are welcome at many of the events on the tour and should contact [email protected] if they would like to join an event or ride along on the RV for a leg of the tour.
  • At all Motorcade for Trade stops Farmers for Free Trade will be distributing buttons, t-shirts, lawn signs and more in support of USMCA and the importance of trade. An example of the USMCA lawn signs Farmers for Free Trade will be distributing is below. Also pictured is the back of the RV. 

Farmers Farmers for Free Trade is a 501 c (4) non-profit dedicated to supporting and expanding export opportunities for American farmers and ranchers. The organization is bipartisan and is co-chaired by former U.S. Senators Max Baucus and Richard Lugar. For more information on Farmers for Free Trade visit farmersforfreetrade.com.

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