Statement from the Illinois Farm Bureau Regarding USDA’s Aid for Farmers Facing Retaliatory Tariffs
May 23, 2019
Media Relations Specialist
Illinois Farm Bureau
The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding the USDA’s announcement of an aid package for farmers facing retaliatory tariffs.
“We appreciate President Trump and USDA Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue’s leadership in putting together a support package for farmers who have been harmed by retaliatory tariffs for more than a year. As a major ag exporter, Illinois farmers found themselves in the crosshairs of this trade war.
“While the aid package will help farmers pay their bills, this is not a long-term solution to the damages caused by lost markets. Farmers prefer to earn their income from the marketplace, which is why we must remain focused on resolving trade disputes and on forging new trade agreements with our global partners."
The Illinois Farm Bureau is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national organization of farmers and ranchers. Founded in 1916, IFB is a non-profit, membership organization directed by farmers who join through their county Farm Bureau. IFB has a total membership of more than 394,742 and a voting membership of 78,999. IFB represents three out of four Illinois farmers.