Farmfest attendees share stories of how tariffs are hurting the ag industry

On the same day Farmers for Free Trade said it’s stepping up its campaign to encourage farmers to let President Donald Trump know that tariffs are hurting the ag industry, China announced additional tariffs on U.S imports.

Farmers voted overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump, but many worry the escalating trade dispute will hurt their bottom line. (FarmersforFreeTrade)

Matt McAlvanah with Farmers for Free Trade said the group is at the Minnesota Farmfest this week to collect stories from farmers that will appear in the advertising campaign, “Because right now there’s just this wave of anecdotes of pain, job loss, and plummeting prices, and so this new campaign is actually going to tell the stories that we are hearing.”

The Trump administration recently announced a $12-billion aid program to farmers affected by trade retaliation but McAlvanah said many farmers want trade, not aid. “Farm country is very much Trump country,” he said, “And we believe that once the administration sees that the very people who supported the president are the people that are being the most hurt, that that will have an impact in their policy-making decisions.”

At a Farmfest forum this week, representatives with the Democratic Party questioned the purpose of the tariffs, with some calling them reckless, while Republican representatives said patience is needed and farmers should trust the president.

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