FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, March 1, 2018
Contact:           Chuck Lippstreu, Byrum & Fisk Communications
Statement from Agricultural Leaders of Michigan regarding newly-announced tariffs on imported aluminum and steel
LANSING – The Agricultural Leaders of Michigan today released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s announcement of intent to impose major new import tariffs on aluminum and steel:
“Trade agreements forged in partnership with our neighbors and global partners have exponentially increased U.S. agricultural exports in recent years and created an agricultural trade surplus that is directly responsible for thousands of Michigan and U.S. jobs. We cannot afford a trade war. We urge the administration to reconsider the policy announced today and take into account the likelihood of retaliatory tariffs on agricultural products grown and produced in Michigan and around the nation.”
The statement was signed by:
·         Dave Armstrong, president and CEO, GreenStone Farm Credit Services
·         Jim Byrum, president, Michigan Agri-Business Association
·         Gail Frahm, executive director, Michigan Soybean Association
·         Mary Kelpinski, CEO, Michigan Pork Producers Association
·         Ken Nobis, president, Michigan Milk Producers Association
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Agricultural Leaders of Michigan is a coalition of agricultural, commodity and agribusiness leaders committed to promoting Michigan agriculture, participating in the ongoing dialogue about issues affecting our state, and harnessing agriculture’s power and potential to further grow Michigan’s economy. The coalition is made up of GreenStone Farm Credit Services; the Michigan Agri-Business Association; the Michigan Milk Producers Association; the Michigan Pork Producers Association; and the Michigan Soybean Association. Learn more at