Farm Bureau: Focus on Trade Negotiations

Posted on Sep 4, 2019

WASHINGTON, September 3, 2019 – From American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “While the latest Chinese tariffs are no surprise, they are no more welcome than before. The Trump Administration must focus on keeping the negotiations with China on course to resolve this trade war.

“We appreciate efforts by the U.S. Trade Representative and the Agriculture Department to open new markets and expand others. Farmers and ranchers are grateful for mitigation payments, too. For many, those payments are the single-most critical factor in their ability to stay in farming for a little while longer. But let’s be clear: those payments do not make them whole, especially with additional challenges from Mother Nature. Many farmers and ranchers cannot withstand continued uncertainty in trade. We must restore and expand markets.”