Illinois Soybean Association Issues Statement Responding to Trade Negotiations

Bloomington, IL - May 13, 2019 - Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) President Lynn Rohrscheib issued the following statement today regarding trade negotiations:

“Despite assurances from Washington, D.C., the trade war between the U.S. and China lingers.

"We continue to see missed deadlines and unbrokered deals.

"As this persists, we face more pain and uncertainty at the time when we must take the risk of planting another year’s crop.

“Washington, D.C., has made another miscalculation, and the livelihoods of farmers and the communities they support is threatened.

"When China’s reciprocal tariffs hit our soybeans last summer, we lost nearly one-third of our market overnight.

"It was a predictable and preventable blow that no other major U.S. company or industry has had to endure.

“It seems like when it rains, it pours. Illinois soybean producers face greater challenges each day without a deal. We see no end in sight.

"There must be a better long-term strategy to remain viable and win the trade war. The only soybean farmers not scared are our competitors.”

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