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Missouri Continues to Feel Tariff Fallout Ahead of Trump Rally

QUOTE FROM ALAN WEBER, FARMER AND AGRICULTURAL ECONOMIST, MARSHALL, MO: “Tariffs have already done significant damage to Missouri’s agriculture industry – and that’s just part of the story. Across the state, farmers, manufacturers, small businesses, workers, and families are facing increased costs, fewer jobs, and higher prices because of tariffs. Unfortunately, unless the trade war ends, things are going to get a lot worse before they get better.”

TARIFF EFFECT ON MISSOURI IS ‘NOT SUSTAINABLE.’ “’Definitely the tariffs are the biggest negative thing we’ve seen,’ said Adam Jones, a farmer from Old Monroe in Lincoln County. ‘It feels odd to see these prices drop and not have any way to help yourself.’ ‘The main cash crop I grow is soybeans, which has taken the largest hit,’ adds Russell, the farmer from Richmond, Mo. He said his farm is ‘producing our corn and soybeans at negative returns,’ including about a $2 per bushel loss on soybeans. ‘That’s something that’s not sustainable,’ he said.” (Bryce Gray & Andrew Nguyen, “Tariffs and drought weigh heavily on farmers,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/19/18)

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Former Republican Congressman Dr. Charles Boustany to Join Tariffs Hurt the Heartland as Spokesman

Louisiana Congressman will help tell the stories of business owners, farmers and families hurt by the trade war as part of the growing nationwide, non-partisan campaign against tariffs

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(Washington, D.C.) – Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, the nationwide, non-partisan campaign against tariffs, today announced that former Republican Congressman Dr. Charles Boustany will join the campaign as a spokesman. Congressman Boustany is a trade expert with over a decade of experience working across party lines on trade policies in Congress, including on the House Ways and Means Committee. Dr. Boustany adds a powerful voice to the Tariffs Hurt the Heartland campaign that is holding town hall meetings on the tariff impact in communities across the country and airing ads across 11 states in the Midwest that describe the impact of tariff increases on consumers. The campaign has also launched an interactive map tracking the tariff impact on American employers. Continue reading

New Data on Tariff Impacts on Florida Released as President Trump Visits Sunshine State to Tout Economy

As he visits Florida today, President Trump should listen to Floridians bearing the costs of the trade war

This week Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, the nationwide grassroots campaign against tariffs, unveiled new data that showed how tariffs are directly impacting Florida’s economy. The statistics, which were compiled by The Trade Partnership, revealed that tariffs cost Florida businesses $122 million in the month of August alone. This represents a 49-percent increase in tariff-related costs compared to this point last year. These costs are borne directly by the hardworking Florida taxpayers that the administration promised to protect.Continue reading

ICYMI: Op-ed by Halloween Industry Association Discusses Effect of Tariffs on Upcoming Holiday

Tariffs Are a Scary Proposition

Michele Biordi, Executive Director, Halloween Industry Association

What do costumes, haunted houses and tariffs have in common? All three will give people a fright during Halloween season.

Thanks to the latest round of import taxes that took effect last month, the trade war will be an unwelcome trick-or-treater at the doorsteps of every American celebrating Halloween beginning in 2019.Continue reading

New Data Shows Impact of Trade War on Indiana Soybean Farmers and Pork Producers

Soybean exports to China from the Hoosier state have plummeted 34% so far this year while pork exports to Mexico that had been growing declined precipitously following tariff announcement

New data released as President Trump comes to Indianapolis to make his case to farmers at the National FFA Convention and Expo

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(Washington, D.C.) – New data released today shows that soybeans, the dominant Indiana farm export to China, have been hit hard by tariffs imposed this year. Data released by Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, the nationwide, nonpartisan campaign against tariffs also shows that Indiana pork exports to Mexico, which were growing compared to 2017 in the first four months of this year, have stalled out after new tariffs were imposed in June and July of this year. The data, which was compiled by The Trade Partnership from US Census Bureau and USDA data, was released as President Trump prepares to travel to Indiana to discuss his administration’s approach to U.S. agriculture. Continue reading

New Data Reveals Dramatic Jump in Tariff-Related Costs; Impacts Discussed at Town Hall with Wisconsin Manufacturers, Farmers and Business Owners

WAUKESHA, WI – Wisconsin farmers, manufacturers and business owners joined Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, a nationwide grassroots campaign against tariffs, at a town hall today to unveil new economic data detailing the impact of tariffs on Wisconsin’s economy. The data, compiled by the Trade Partnership, shows that tariffs cost Wisconsin businesses almost $95 million in August alone. That represents a 47 percent increase in tariff-related costs since the same point last year—even though the value of imports only increased 13 percent over that period. These costs fall squarely on the backs of farmers, manufacturers, small business owners, and their employees – the very people the administration promised to protect with its trade policies.Continue reading

From Bicycles to Beans, Wisconsin Is Caught In The Crossfires of President Trump’s Trade War

QUOTE FROM BRIAN KUEHL, FARMERS FOR FREE TRADE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: “Wisconsin’s economy is getting crushed by tariffs. These taxes make it harder for businesses to keep their doors open and force families to pay more for everyday items. From higher costs to loss of export markets, our farmers, manufacturers, and retailers are all feeling the pain caused by tariffs. Without a new approach to trade, those costs will continue to rise and they will continue to hurt Wisconsin workers, families, and businesses.”Continue reading

Tariff Pain Continues to Spread Across the Country As Trade War Continues

White House Begins Another Pro-Tariff Push, but State-by-State, Tariffs Are Still Hurting Americans 

WASHINGTON – Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, a nationwide grassroots campaign against tariffs, responded today to the latest push by the White House to promote tariffs in a series of state-by-state media calls.

“The longer the trade war lasts, the more harm it will cause Americans across the country,” said Tariffs Hurt the Heartland Spokesman Brian Kuehl. “The evidence is already in: tariffs are hurting families, small businesses, farmers, manufacturers, and retailers in all 50 states. The current trade agenda is a drag on every corner of our economy and that pain will only get worse as the trade war continues.”Continue reading

ICYMI: As POTUS Visits Houston, Tariff Data Highlights Cost of Trade War for Texas

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump will visit Texas this evening, just days after the Dallas Morning News reported that the trade war has already cost $654 million in the Lone Star State. Before the President rallies in Houston tonight, be sure to check out this report about how his trade policies are causing pain across the Texas economy – pain that won’t stop unless the trade war comes to an end.Continue reading

While President Visits Elko, Trade War Continues to Hurt Nevada Families

QUOTE FROM TARIFFS HURT THE HEARTLAND SPOKESPERSON BRIAN KUEHL: “With a large agriculture industry that supports the state’s rural economy and an important advanced manufacturing base, the trade war is hitting Nevada where it hurts most. The pain will only continue as tariffs take an effect on everyday necessities, driving up prices for the items that Nevadans buy most. Tariffs are taxes that hurt everyone, including families, workers, farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, and retailers. As the trade war keeps escalating, communities like Elko will continue to suffer.”Continue reading