Retaliation from Chinese Over Tariffs Hurts Farmers First

With the administration’s announcement to move forward on $50 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods, farmers will be the first to face retaliation



(WYNDMERE, ND) — With the news that the Trump Administration will go forward with $50 billion tariffs on Chinese goods, North Dakota Democratic-NPL candidate for Agriculture Commissioner Senator Jim Dotzenrod release the following statement:

“I am very disappointed to see the administration going down this path. Trade wars are never one-sided, and the agricultural exports are always among the first casualties. We need pro-farmer and pro-trade policies from Bismarck to Washington to ensure North Dakota’s agriculture industry will be profitable for producers, accessible to consumers, and acts like a well-tuned economic engine for our state. The uncertainty created by these tariffs will diminish our status as a reliable supplier, long after the tariffs have gone away.

The Chinese government has already threatened retaliation specifically targeting the agricultural industry. While Senator Heitkamp has been an outspoken critic of the administration’s misguided policies on trade, I hope the rest of our elected officials on the state and federal level will recognize the threat these actions pose to farmers.”

Ross Hettervig