Statement from the Illinois Farm Bureau Regarding USDA’s Aid Package for Farmers Facing Retaliatory Tariffs

The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding the USDA’s aid package for farmers facing retaliatory tariffs.  

“We appreciate the administration’s recognition of the damage these retaliatory tariffs have caused for Illinois farmers – and farmers across the nation. However, while we are grateful for the support from the administration, we must stress that this aid package will not make farmers whole in the face of continued trade tensions.  

“The economic and marketing damage caused by these tariffs will continue as long as they’re in effect, and likely, far longer. That’s why we urge the president and the administration to continue to negotiate trade deals with our global partners, including Mexico, Canada, Japan and the European Union, and get back to the table with China, to work on resolving unfair trade practices that are the underlying issue.” 

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