LINCOLN — While we appreciate the President’s recognition that trade tariffs are impacting markets for farmers and ranchers, our preference has and continues to be that the administration focus on market access for agriculture commodities, not government assistance to help mitigate market losses. Negotiation, not tariffs, provide the best path toward solving trade issues, particularly as it relates to our allies in Canada and Mexico. Furthermore, we are more than 18 months removed from U.S. withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). At that time the President indicated he would work to secure bi-lateral trade agreements with these partners. That has not happened. It is critical the administration work to secure agreements with Japan and other TPP member nations that reflect critical markets for Nebraska farm and ranch families.”
The Nebraska Farm Bureau is a grassroots, state-wide organization dedicated to supporting farm and ranch families and working for the benefit of all Nebraskans through a wide variety of educational, service and advocacy efforts. More than 61,000 families across Nebraska are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve rural and urban prosperity as agriculture is a key fuel to Nebraska’s economy. For more information about Nebraska Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit www.nefb.org.
— Steve Nelson, president of the Nebraska Farm Bureau
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