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Farmers for Free Trade helps farmers and ranchers speak up in support of trade that expands export opportunities and strengthens U.S. agriculture.
The strongest most productive in the world—exported $129 billion worth products in 2016 has a projected trade surplus of $20 billion in 2017. This nation exports 50% of major commodity crops such as corn, wheat and soybeans; 70% of fruit nuts and 25% of pork.
Agriculture’s financial health is deeply dependent on exports. Exports account for 20% of all farm revenue and exports are increasingly important as farm incomes continue to decline precipitously.
U.S. farmers are already seeing market disruptions as a result of trade turmoil. Trade disputes could cost billions of dollars to the already-stressed food and agricultural sector in the U.S.
In addition to potential trade disruptions, the price of consumer goods will go up as costs are passed on to the consumer.
Consumers will have alternatives for household basics that are domestically made, but no choice on items like coffee, bananas and other imports that are not grown in the US.
Agricultural and food processing supply chains are now integrated across borders – trade wars could greatly disrupt U.S. agriculture and harm U.S. consumers.
For 2015, the US Department of Agriculture estimated that:
By joining, you will be added to a list of supporters who help give voice to America’s farmers and ranchers. Together, we can make sure that America does not turn its back on trade that supports our agricultural economy.
Make a one-time or recurring donation to support trade now!