Farm Group Calls Latest Tariffs “Scary”

Farmers for Free Trade Executive Director Brian Kuehl is criticizing says the Trump Administration’s approval of $50 billion worth of tariffs on imported goods from China. He says the tariffs on Chinese imports will result in heavy retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural exports. “For American farmers, this isn’t theatrical anymore, it’s scary,” Kuehl says. “It’s no longer a negotiating tactic, it’s a tax on their livelihoods. Within days, soybean, corn, wheat, and other American farmers are likely to be hit with retaliatory tariffs of up to 25 percent on the exports that keep their operations afloat. When they do, they aren’t going to remain silent.”

Farmers for Free Trade says these tariffs are not only a blow to U.S. farmers, it’s a win for our competitors. Kuehl adds, “Farmers for Free Trade will continue to hold town hall meetings across the country this summer to ensure that farmers voices are being heard. The message will be heard loud and clear. American farmers demand that elected officials support them by ending this trade war.”