The American Soybean Association (ASA), which you automatically belong to when you join the Wisconsin Soybean Association, recently brought a coalition of farmers from across the country to talk with legislators about the potential impact of tariffs on U.S. soybeans.
Iowa farmer John Heisdorffer, president of the ASA, issued this statement which we repeat in part:
“China purchases 61 percent of total U.S. soybean exports, and more than 30 percent of overall U.S. soybean production. 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’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 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans into China will have a lasting effect on every soybean farmer in America”
What the Coalition Wants Congress to Do
The coalition sought to encourage the present Administration to “rethink the Section 301 tariffs and instead, empower soybeans to continue to be part of the solution.
As a citizen, you also have the right to be heard by your elected representatives. And if you’re concerned about tariffs, now is the time to pick up the phone or your keyboard and be heard.
Here’s a list of whom to call:
Sen. Ron Johnson – ask for Meris Petek’s voice mail – 202-224-5323
Sen. Tammy Baldwin—ask for Colleene Thomas voice mail – 202-224-5653
Rep. Ron Kind – ask for Aaron White’s voice mail – 202- 225-5506
Rep. Sean Duffy – ask for Ryan McCormack’s voice mail – 202-225-3365
Rep. Mike Gallagher – ask for Matt Tucker’s voice mail – 202-225-5665
Rep. Paul Ryan – ask for Laura Wiley’s voice mail – 202-225-3031
Rep. Mark Pocan – ask for Syd Terry’s voice mail – 202-225-2906
Rep. Glen Grothman – ask for Chris Grawein’s voice mail – 202-225-2476
Rep. J. Sensenbrenner—ask for Jacob Perterson’s voice mail – 202-225-5101
To make your thoughts known to President Trump, email is the fastest method to reach the President according to whitehouse.gov. You can also call and leave a comment at 202-456-1111, or write him at The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC 20500.