Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plan to support producers while the Administration works to negotiate better trade deals for the nation.
“The goal of the Administration we believe is to gain greater access to markets on a fair basis for our farmers and ranchers. But because agriculture has a positive balance of trade, our producers are heavily impacted by retaliatory tariffs,” said Hoeven. “That is why we are willing to work with USDA on a short term program to provide our producers with temporary relief as the Administration continues its trade negotiations. At the same time however, we continue to press the Administration to get better, more fair trade deals in place as soon as possible so that farmers can continue to do what they do best – provide our country and the world with the highest-quality, lowest cost food supply in the world.”