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Abraham letter urges USDA to protect farmers during trade negotiations

April 6, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, wrote to US Department of Agriculture Sec. Sonny Perdue today urging that the USDA take all steps possible to protect farmers during the current trade negotiations between the United States and China.

The United States has taken a number of actions aimed at reducing the trade deficit between our nation and China while also holding China accountable for its unfair market influence and disregard for American intellectual property. The Chinese responded with tariffs that could have negative consequences on American agriculture.

"Our farmers are among our nation's greatest assets, and that is why China has unfairly targeted them with tariffs. I agree with President Trump's desire to hold China accountable for its deceitful and manipulative trade practice, and I encourage his administration to focus on achievable trade goals while doing everything within its power to ensure that our farmers will not be forced to bear the burden of retaliatory trade actions," said Dr. Abraham, Louisiana's only member to represent the state on the Agriculture Committee.

To read Dr. Abraham's letter to Sec. Perdue, click here.