New tariffs on Mexico, Canada, EU would have outsized impact on Michigan agriculture

LANSING – The Agricultural Leaders of Michigan today released the following statement on reports that the Trump Administration will impose tariffs on steel and aluminum from the European Union, Canada and Mexico:

“For Michigan agriculture, trade with Canada and Mexico couldn’t be more important. Any new tariffs imposed by the administration will harm American agriculture, and the sting will be even worse in Michigan, where two-thirds of our state’s agricultural exports head to our North American trading partners. We strongly urge the administration to remember the critical importance of trade for Michigan farmers, businesses and rural communities, and reconsider any effort to scale back trade with our leading global customers.”

Since the North American Free Trade Agreement was implemented in 1994, agricultural exports from the U.S. to Canada and Mexico increased from $8.9 billion in 1993 to $39 billion in 2017.

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