Ag Groups Pleased With Tariff Removal

U.S. ag groups representing different sectors of the industry were pleased that the Trump Administration reached a deal to remove the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Mexico and Canada last week.

National Sorghum Producers Chair Dan Atkisson said the move will “hopefully clear the way for USMCA to be ratified by Congress and enacted soon, providing more fair and open markets north and south of our borders.”

The trade group Tariffs Hurt the Heartland is pleased with what it called “long-overdue news. We’re hoping the administration sees the folly of imposing tariffs and taxing Americans.”

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall said, “Retaliatory tariffs are a drag on American farmers and ranchers at a time when they’re suffering more economic difficulty than many can remember. Farm Bureau believes in fair trade and eliminating tariffs is critical to achieving that goal.”

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association VP of Government Affairs, Colin Woodall, said his group “fully supports USMCA and now is the time for Congress to work with the president to get it passed as soon as possible.”

The National Corn Growers Association also said it is pleased to hear the news, saying, “Mexico and Canada are the U.S. corn industry’s largest and most reliable markets.”