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

April 10, 2019

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


  • 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.

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