IFB actions on trade and tariffs

March 1–Sept. 24, 2018

Legislative/leadership meetings

(staff and IFB farmer leaders)

1.  White House Staff and Leadership (March, July and Sept.)

2.  USDA Secretary Perdue, Undersecretary McKinney, Administrator Isley (March, June, July)

3.  USTR Chief Ag Negotiator, Ambassador Gregg Doud (June and July)

4.  IL Congressional Delegation (Bost, Davis, Kinzinger, LaHood, Durbin, Duckworth)

5.  Four August Recess Illinois grassroots events with Bustos, Kelly, Kinzinger and La Hood.

6.  AFBF – President Guebert is on AFBF Executive Committee with President Duvall. President Duvall talks to Secretary Perdue regularly about farmers concerns and issues on trade.

7.  Action Request (April 5 to 11, contacting President Trump and Senators Duckworth and Durbin resulted in 1,412 advocates and 5,083 emails.)

8.  Letters calling for an end to the trade war and asking President Trump to “strike a deal” sent April 5 and April 9 to entire Illinois delegation and President Trump.

9.  September’s Leaders to Washington group met with Chinese Consulate and carried IFB messages to other agency leaders on trade.

10.  Sept. 17 FPM Strength with Advisory Team and staff discussed the importance of trade and a path forward with China with Bunge and the American Soybean Association.

11.  Hosted Policy Development Webinar for CFBs on trade activities and advocacy.

Outside media

1.  Responded to more than 60 media calls on trade and tariffs, resulting in:

          a) more than 250 media mentions

          b) a reach of more than 1.5 million people

          c) unique views of more than 260 million

2.  Leadership op-eds pitched, resulting in July 13 Crain’s Chicago Business placement

3.  IFB farmer spokespersons on trade continue to work diligently to respond to or place their own op-eds (example: USA Today, 9-24-18 by Krista Swanson).

IFB media

1.  FarmWeek Perspectives in May (Drazek) and July (Thompson) trade and tariffs

2.  Social media:

  • Since January, the words trade and/or tariffs have been mentioned on IFB Facebook & Twitter pages 204 times.
  • The April “trade” action request resulted in Facebook posts that reached a total of 74,362 people, generated 17,088 videos views, were shared 374 times and clicked 431 times to reach the legislative action center webpage.

3.  RFD Radio Network® coverage:

          a) 17 stories on “RFD Illinois” aired on 78 AM and FM radio stations around Illinois

          b) 29 guests on “RFD Today” (27 AM and FM stations across Illinois) and “RFD Town & Country Partners” (19 AM and FM stations across Illinois)

          c) Interviews on trade and export markets with: Ken Isley, USDA/FAS; Joe Glauber, IFPRI; Jim Wiesmeyer, ProFarmer; Greg Hanes, U.S. Meat Export Federation.

4.  55 stories or guest commentaries on FarmWeekNow.com and in FarmWeek®

5.  Full-page “My Farm’s Trade Story” in FarmWeek, Sept. 17.

Outreach, education and information

1.  Revised talking points and infographics on: Trade and China, Trade and Agriculture, Trade and Illinois. and NAFTA.

2.  Updated and revised web resources and information on trade and the tariff war on www.ilfb.org and on the IFB Leader Portal.

3.  Staff presentations (10) on importance of trade to CFBs, universities, citizen groups, ag associations, financial/banking representatives, and other organizations.

4.  Refined IFB trade spokespersons list for use:

          a) responding to local, state, regional and national media and speaking opportunities

          b) writing “My Farm’s Trade Story” quotes

          c) recording summer videos on their farm

5.  Distributed more than 50 My Farm Exports and We Support Trade signs this year.

6.  Keynote speakers at IFB Bridge Event (Joe Glauber) and Farm Income & Innovations Conference (Jim Wiesemeyer and Ken Isley) and workshop speakers Greg Hanes (meat export markets) and Ken Dallmier (non-GMO and organic export markets).

7.  Staff and farmer leaders participated in 2 Farmers for Free Trade events (June McKinney breakfast and September “Tariffs Hurt the Heartland” Town Hall in Bensenville, IL).

Cooperation and coalitions

1.  Member of three export/trade associations: USGC, USMEF and USAPEEC.

2.  Member of two non-profit trade advocacy groups (Global Farmers Network and Farmers for Free Trade).

3.  Member of Governor’s Trade Advisory Committee (participated in two trade roundtables).