Press Release

Illinois Soybean Growers Echo Calls for Trade, Not Aid

July 24, 2018


Illinois Soybean Growers Echo Calls for Trade, Not Aid


BLOOMINGTON, ILL. – July 24, 2018 – Lynn Rohrscheib, Illinois Soybean Growers chairwoman and a soybean farmer from Fairmount, Illinois, released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s $12 billion agricultural aid proposal.
“If trade is our problem, aid handouts are a poor solution. As producers, we would rather be able to sell our crop for a fair price and grow both agricultural export and market opportunities. Government handouts only provide short-term relief. The effect on our soybean supply chains could be disastrous if the U.S. government continues to pick winners and losers amidst this tariff spat. Our supply chains are already in a dangerous position due to harsh rhetoric, and a government handout only adds to the uncertainty. We continue to advocate for an end to this trade war and echo industry concerns for trade, not aid. We recognize the administration’s actions as being heard but feel that any solution should involve rescinding the tariffs.”
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
Director of Communications
(618) 535-7937
Mike Levin
Director of Issues Management Analysis
(309) 808-3606 
Rachel Peabody
Senior Communications Specialist
(217) 825-7654