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LINCOLN, NEB. – “We are extremely disappointed in the outcome of today’s failed vote in the House to secure passage of a new farm bill. This is not only a blow to Nebraska farm and ranch families who have dealt with farm income falling for five straight years, but to all Americans as the farm bill is vital to providing food security for the citizens of our state and country.”

“While not perfect, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 would have implemented many of the provisions sought by Nebraska Farm Bureau and its members in a farm bill. The legislation would have protected federal crop insurance, provided meaningful adjustments to commodity title programs, improved conservation programs, and provided funding for research, trade promotion, and rural development programs that would benefit farmers, ranchers, and virtually all citizens across our state and our nation. It also contained provisions to allow agriculture interests to work to address critical problems related to health care and health insurance.”

“It is time for Congress to put aside partisan and ideological differences and deliver a farm bill that meets the needs of Nebraska’s farm and ranch families and aids them in producing food, fuel, and fiber for our country and the world.”

“We do want to thank all three of Nebraska’s House members, Congressmen Fortenberry, Bacon, and Smith, who supported this bill, as each had made their own individual contributions to the legislation.”

LINCOLN, NEB. – “I am pleased to welcome Secretary Perdue to Nebraska. The Secretary has been a champion for American agriculture and I appreciate his ongoing efforts to get into the countryside to hear directly from farmers, ranchers, and other small business owners.”

“From trade and a new farm bill, to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), President Trump has placed the Secretary at the center of many of these important issues. It’s imperative Secretary Perdue hear from Nebraskans about the importance of agricultural trade and what farmers and ranchers would like to see in the next farm bill.”

“I look forward to visiting with him about the RFS and the reasons it is critical the administration allow for year-round blending of E-15 ethanol. It’s also vital the administration stick to the original intent of Congress when it comes to the RFS, which was to increase our domestic renewable fuel supply to benefit the environment and our nation. Furthermore, it’s important the administration work to ensure our renewable fuels policy continues to meet our international trade obligations.”

LINCOLN, NEB. – State Farm Bureau presidents from across the Midwest have joined together to urge U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to work with President Trump to end the escalation of trade disputes with China that have and continue to threaten market opportunities for agricultural commodities and products.

In a May 15 letter to Secretary Perdue, presidents of the Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin Farm Bureaus responded to President Trump’s call for the Secretary to develop a plan to provide monetary compensation to farmers and ranchers who may be hurt by retaliatory measures China may take in response to proposed U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods.

“Farmers and ranchers know growing our customer base outside our borders is critical to our economic survival. The development of international trade rules and passage of free trade agreements, while never perfect, have helped the United States and the Midwest in particular,” said Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson. “Agriculture trade between China and our Midwestern states amounted to just under $4.5 billion in 2017 alone.”

In the letter, the presidents made it clear that farmers and ranchers want access to markets, not checks from the federal government in lieu of trade opportunities.

“Farmers and ranchers have invested heavily in checkoff programs, trade missions, and other activities to grow International markets. While we appreciate the sentiment behind President Trump’s request, this action will negate the work of our organizations to reduce the need for taxpayer assistance for agriculture,” said Nelson. “President Trump and Secretary Perdue have done great things for rural America, but we cannot afford to risk the gains we’ve made in market access by making farm and ranch families casualties of ongoing trade disputes with China.”

Background: U.S. / China Trade Dispute

President Trump announced on March 23, 2018, the U.S. would begin the process to impose tariffs on Chinese exports due to concerns over Chinese practices that impact U.S. intellectual property. On April 3, 2018, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released a list of $50 billion of Chinese electronics, machinery, and aerospace products for a recommended 25 percent import tariff. In response to the U.S. recommendation of tariffs, China released a list of products for a potential 25 percent retaliatory tariff. The targeted products include soybeans, cotton, beef, corn, wheat, sorghum, tobacco, orange juice, cranberries, among other items. China’s potential tariffs will not go into effect until the U.S. proposed tariffs go into effect.

Key Nebraska / China Trade Statistics

  • China was the 3rd largest buyer of Nebraska agriculture exports behind Mexico and Japan in 2017.

  • Nebraska agricultural trade with China was worth more than $396 million in 2017.

  • Nebraska’s export relationship with China amounted in value to $2.29 per bushel of soybeans, $26.36 per head of beef, and $3.82 per head of pork in 2017.

  • The average export value to China per Nebraska farm/ranch was roughly $16,600 in 2017.