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Soy Growers Talk Tariffs in D.C.

ASA: 25% tariff on U.S. soybeans will have a lasting effect

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American Soybean Association (ASA) farmer leaders from across the country took to Capitol Hill to talk with lawmakers about the potential impact of Chinese tariffs on U.S. soybeans.

“China purchases 61% of total U.S. soybean exports, and more than 30% of overall U.S. soybean production," says ASA President and Iowa farmer John Heisdorffer. "In short, trade with China matters and is vital not only to the hundreds of thousands of U.S. soybean producers but the rural economies and communities that depend on them.

“We’re asking lawmakers to support their communities and constituents by joining ASA in encouraging the Administration to rethink the Section 301 tariffs and instead, empower soybeans to continue to be part of the solution," he continues. “We’ve come to D.C. and left our fields during planting season to educate and convey the importance of trade with China. Our message is clear: a 25% tariff on U.S. soybeans into China will have a lasting effect on every soybean farmer in America.”

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