Washington, DC— Matt Huie, President of the Southwest Council of Agribusiness representing farm and ranch organizations, lenders, and Main Street businesses in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas issued the following statement concerning the announcement by President Trump and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue of emergency aid to mitigate the impacts of unjustified retaliation by foreign countries against U.S. agriculture exports.
“Farm and ranch families are hurting right now due to unjustified retaliation by foreign countries against U.S. agriculture exports so the help announced today by President Trump and Secretary Perdue is very welcome. U.S. farmers and ranchers are the most efficient and productive in the world so we fully understand the value of truly free trade and open markets. American farmers and ranchers also play by the rules and expect that others should do the same. The SWCA supports a free and fair trade agenda. We commend President Trump and Secretary Perdue for their strong leadership and real demonstration that our nation will stand by her farm and ranch families through hard times as we seek a free, fair, transparent, and rules-based trade environment.”