Farm group leaders and lawmakers railed against President Donald Trump’s trade policy and tariffs in a House Ways and Means subcommittee hearing today, bemoaning the effects on the ag sector as China, Mexico, Canada, the European Union, Turkey and others retaliate.
The Trump administration dispatched two of its top trade officials to meet with farm groups last week and the message was straightforward: The trade war that has generated tens of billions of dollars in tariffs on U.S. farm commodities isn’t likely to be over soon, and the ag sector needs to prepare for a lot more pain.
President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May today forcefully stressed that the United States and United Kingdom plan to enter into a free-trade agreement after Britain’s planned exit from the European Union next year.
Trump administration officials have been promising for months that Sonny Perdue’s Agriculture Department will protect farmers and ranchers from billions of dollars of tariffs from China, Mexico, Canada and the EU. But how much can USDA help?
President Donald Trump is following through with promises to hit China with new tariffs on $200 billion worth of imports, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced today, escalating a trade war that is already hurting the U.S. agriculture sector.
Chinese importers have already stopped buying U.S. wheat, soybean purchases are expected to drop even further, and the U.S. ag sector is expecting the financial pain to increase exponentially as long as the Trump administration persists in a trade war with China.
The U.S. and China are set to hit each other with tariffs on $34 billion worth of goods Friday and neither side is showing signs of changing course. That’s particularly concerning for the U.S. ag sector, the target of most of the tariffs China is preparing to levy on the U.S., and it has farm groups and lawmakers bracing for the worst.
The multifront trade war erupting on all sides of the U.S., with allies and others alike, is reaching new heights this week. China is preparing to enact $34 billion worth of tariffs on Friday that have U.S. producers of everything from strawberries to beef bracing for a major disruption in exports.