Statement by Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding USTR Case Against China

Newsroom / September 12, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 13, 2016 - "The American Farm Bureau Federation supports the action taken by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to begin dispute settlement proceedings against China over their agricultural subsidy levels. We, like the USTR, are concerned that China exceeded its domestic support limits for corn, wheat and rice from 2012 to 2015.

"The World Trade Organization's Agreement on Agriculture applies to all members. Each country must follow agreed upon levels of domestic support. Violation of domestic support levels can lead to overproduction and price-depressing surpluses that affect farmers worldwide.

"Trade deals only work if they're followed. It is good to see our government enforcing the trade commitments that already exist. This kind of accountability leads to stronger trade relationships with all our partners."

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