From the National Association of Wheat Growers
Representatives from several agriculture groups testified this week on the Section 301 tariffs proposed by the Trump administration on such goods as steel and aluminum imported into the country. Industry leaders fear, as a response from other countries, that the U.S. will face tariffs on our commodities which could drastically harm the already hurt domestic producer. On Tuesday, May 15, 2018, National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) Board of Director Michelle Erickson-Jones, representing Farmers for Free Trade, testified that farmers are already hurt by the threatened tariffs by decreased market prices. In her remarks, she stated “While the Section 301 tariffs are not yet in effect, the U.S. farm community is already feeling the effects of threatened tariff action including depressed commodity prices, shipments held up at port, increased inspections and cancelled orders.” Read the release here.
Additionally, on May 17, Erickson-Jones also spoke at a Farmers for Free Trade/NASDA joint press conference on trade. The conference was held in direct response to the Speaker of House’s deadline later that day for considering the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Joining Erickson-Jones was U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.); U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.); Derek Sandison, director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture; Chris Chinn, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture; Kristin Duncanson, Minnesota soy and hog farmer, Farmers for Free Trade; John Martini, Anthony Road Wine, New York; Jason Giannelli, Organic Specialty Grower, Ten Star Farming, California; and California Farm Bureau farmers.