Trade War Abandons Soybean Farmers’ Future


Trade War Abandons Soybean Farmers’ Future

BLOOMINGTON, ILL – May 13, 2019 – Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) President Lynn Rohrscheib issued the following statement today regarding trade negotiations: 

“Despite assurances from Washington, D.C., the trade war between the U.S. and China lingers. We continue to see missed deadlines and unbrokered deals. As this persists, we face more pain and uncertainty at the time when we must take the risk of planting another year’s crop.

“Washington, D.C., has made another miscalculation, and the livelihoods of farmers and the communities they support is threatened. When China’s reciprocal tariffs hit our soybeans last summer, we lost nearly one-third of our market overnight. It was a predictable and preventable blow that no other major U.S. company or industry has had to endure.

“It seems like when it rains, it pours. Illinois soybean producers face greater challenges each day without a deal. We see no end in sight. There must be a better long-term strategy to remain viable and win the trade war. The only soybean farmers not scared are our competitors.”   

Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) is a membership organization serving more than 43,000 Illinois soybean growers. ISG provides advocacy in Springfield and Washington, D.C., to promote the interests of Illinois soybean farmers and programs that enhance soybean production and demand. Voice for Soy, the online action center supported by ISG, allows growers to easily connect with legislators and regulators to advocate for Illinois agriculture. For more information about ISG, visit the website


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Amy Roady
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Mike Levin
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Rachel Peabody
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