LANG: TRADE SKIRMISH WITH CHINA HURTS U.S. AGRICULTURE; ADMINISTRATION MUST “GET US BACK ON RIGHT TRACK”
WASHINGTON, Iowa – Republican candidate for Iowa secretary of agriculture Craig Lang said the trade skirmish that has prompted China to impose a 25-percent tariff on U.S. pork is bad for the Iowa economy and he called on federal officials to “find a solution to get us back on the right track.”
China imposed a tariff on U.S. pork and more than 100 other products in response to tariffs that President Trump imposed on Chinese steel and aluminum. The United States is the world’s top pork producer and Iowa is the nation’s top pork-producing state. More than $1 billion of U.S. pork was shipped last year to China.
Lang said trade embargoes and tariff wars hurt America’s reputation as a reliable producer of agriculture products and drive customers to other sources, such as Brazil and the European Union.
“Iowa’s farmers have always stepped up and done what’s right for our country, but all too often they get stepped on by government policies that hurt their ability to produce and make a living,” said Lang, a fifth-generation dairy, beef and crop farmer from Poweshiek County. “Once again, federal policies are hitting agriculture hard. Farmers already have enough unpredictability in their lives with the weather and other factors. I hope the Trump administration will ease tensions, take action that encourages China to remove its tariff on pork and other agricultural products and foster the type of free trade that benefits American agriculture instead of hurting it.”
“Farmers are already struggling with profitability; they shouldn’t be forced to shoulder the burden of tariffs,” said Lang, a former Iowa Farm Bureau Federation president. “I would encourage the current administration to recognize the impact this situation has already had on the agriculture sector and the extremely negative effects it will have going forward. The administration needs to find a solution to get us back on the right track in short order.”
For more information on Lang and his candidacy, visit www.craiglangiowa.com.