As tariff discussions continue, agriculture is grabbing national and state headlines. In response, Wisconsin Soybean Association President Tony Mellenthin, a farmer from Menomonie, WI, made the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s $12 billion agricultural aid proposal.
“Recognizing that trade is our problem, aid handouts are not the solution. As farmers, we would rather be able to sell our crop for a fair price and grow both agricultural export and market opportunities. Government handouts only provide short-term relief. The effect on our soybean supply chains could be disastrous if the U.S. government continues to pick winners and losers amidst this tariff spat. Our supply chains are already in a dangerous position due to harsh rhetoric, and a government handout only adds to the uncertainty. We continue to advocate for an end to this trade war and echo industry concerns for trade, not aid. We recognize by the Administrations actions that we are being heard, but feel that any solution should involve a swift and equitable resolution to these trade wars”.
The Wisconsin Soybean Association is a member organization serving more than 18,000 soybean farmers. WSA provides advocacy in Madison and Washington, D.C. to promote the interests of Wisconsin soybean farmers and programs that enhance soybean production and demand domestically and internationally.
For more information about the WSA, contact:
Executive Director, Wisconsin Soybean Program