A Statement from CO Farm Bureau President Don Shawcroft on U.S/China Trade Relations
Centennial, Colo. – The following statement may be attributed to the Colorado Farm Bureau President Don Shawcroft:
“Colorado farmers and ranchers are disappointed by China’s recent announcement that the county will no longer buy agricultural goods from the United States. The industry relies on trade each day to market the products farm families work so hard to grow. In fact, about 35 percent of U.S. farm income is derived from selling agricultural products overseas. The instability caused by this new development is not good news. Net farm income has dropped 52 percent in the last 5 years, making it extremely difficult for farmers and ranchers to continue operating. The addition of a trade war, coupled with recent extreme weather and ongoing financial stress, comes at a time they can ill afford it.
Colorado Farm Bureau and its members are thankful for the support from USDA in the form of the Market Facilitation Program. The program does not help cover all of the loss but allows farmers and ranchers to continue working. The escalation of the spat between the U.S. and China underscores the need for passage of the USMCA which will provide increased access and certainty for Colorado ag producers. Colorado Farm Bureau will continue to advocate for free trade and urge the Administration to resolve this issue.”
TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Support Ag Exports to Canada and Mexico
USMCA is a trade agreement that modernizes NAFTA and allows U.S. agriculture to continue exporting nearly $40 billion in products each year to Canada and Mexico. Finalizing this trade deal is important to the future of agriculture and the health of international trade between the U.S. and our neighbors.
It’s critical that Congress take up and pass USMCA. We have waited long enough.