IFBF Members Hope for Continued Trade Progress

The following statement may be attributed to Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill:

“Today’s announcement that the Trump Administration is lifting the 232 Steel and Aluminum tariffs is a positive development, particularly for Iowa pork producers, and IFBF members are hopeful this is the beginning of continued progress on opening trade markets. Iowa Farm Bureau members have been advocating for increased trade and closely monitoring the situation as trade disruptions are coming at a difficult time for Iowa farmers; floods are wreaking havoc; weather is driving planting delays and low commodity prices continue to make profits elusive.

The lifting of steel and aluminum tariffs reopens unfettered access to our longtime trading partners -- Mexico and Canada. Renewed market access to Mexico will directly impact Iowa’s pork industry. IFBF applauds this latest development and urges Congress to move towards swift passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) agreement.”