White House announces tariffs on China; NAWG communicates importance of expanding trade

From the National Association of Wheat Growers

The White House has announced that they will be moving forward with tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods, details of which will be released on June 15.  When these potential tariffs were first publicly proposed, China announced they would retaliate in kind, mainly focusing on agricultural and chemical goods, including a 25 percent tariff on U.S. wheat. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is traveling to China this week to continue the trade negotiations. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) is monitoring the situation and expressing concerns regarding the negative impacts that tariffs on U.S. agricultural products will have on producers.

In addition, NAWG treasurer, Dave Milligan of Michigan, participated in a Farmers for Free Trade event in Wisconsin recently, encouraging trade policies that expand agricultural exports. Further, NAWG Board of Director Michelle Erickson-Jones was also asked by Politico to respond to the recent back and forth by the administration on implementing tariffs.

“It’s so hard to tell what’s rhetoric and what’s real, though it would surprise me if we went forward with these tariffs,” Erickson-Jones, president of the Montana Grain Growers Association, said. “The uncertainty created by the U.S.-China trade feud, as well as the NAFTA renegotiation, is bad for commodity markets and jeopardizes relations with buyers of American farm goods.Countries are looking for other suppliers. Mexico, for example, recently purchased wheat from Argentina for the first time in modern history.”