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Farm Bureau Statement on Lifting of Agricultural Tariffs

Newsroom / May 17, 2019

The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall.

“Today’s lifting of steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexican and Canadian imports and the elimination of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural products by Mexico and Canada is welcome news.

“Retaliatory tariffs are a drag on American farmers and ranchers at a time when they are suffering more economic difficulty than many can remember. Elimination of these tariffs should help pave the way for approval of the USMCA by Congress. Likewise, keeping an eye on today’s deal should address concerns about dumping and unfair subsidies.

“With this milestone reached, we urge negotiators to continue their work toward re-opening markets with the European Union, China and Japan. The Farm Bureau believes in fair trade. Eliminating more tariffs and other trade barriers is critical to achieving that goal.”

Contact:
Will Rodger
Director, Policy Communications
(202) 406-3642
willr@fb.org
 
Shiloh Perry
Media Relations Specialist
(202) 406-3643
shilohp@fb.org
 

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