Columbia, TN. May 23, 2019 – The following may be attributed to Tennessee Farm Bureau President Jeff Aiken:
“President Trump’s authorization for USDA to provide another assistance package to help lessen the impacts of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural goods is a welcome stopgap measure for short-term relief. The $16 billion in programs may help farmers survive the difficult market conditions, however relief programs will not replace lost markets.
“Trade is vital to Tennessee and American farmers’ success and ensuring they continue for generations to come. Tennessee agricultural exports in 2017 totaled $1.49 billion with soybeans and cotton our largest exported commodities at $400 million and $196 million respectively.
“Farm Bureau is appreciative of President Trump’s unprecedented support of farmers and his efforts to improve trading opportunities for all U.S. industries, including agriculture. We stay hopeful the Administration will resolve these trade wars quickly and will stay watchful in preventing new trade barriers from starting.”