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Statement by Steve Nelson, President, Regarding U.S. Tariffs on Canada, Mexico, European Union

LINCOLN, NEB. – “For months we’ve warned of the risks involved for farm and ranch families as the Trump administration continues to pursue policies that target our closest trading partners.”

“Today’s announcement that Mexico, Canada, and the European Union, three of the top agriculture trading partners for Nebraska agriculture commodities, will no longer be exempt from these tariffs only creates additional uncertainty in agricultural markets and in the minds of farm and ranch families.”

“The announcement regarding steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexico, Canada, and the European Union puts more than $1.8 billion in annual Nebraska agricultural exports at risk. This action, as well as the decision to move forward with $50 billion in tariffs on Chinese products and services, will have consequences for Nebraska families who put food on our tables, clothes on our backs, and fuel in our tanks.”

The Nebraska Farm Bureau is a grassroots, state-wide organization dedicated to supporting farm and ranch families and working for the benefit of all Nebraskans through a wide variety of educational, service and advocacy efforts. More than 61,000 families across Nebraska are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve rural and urban prosperity as agriculture is a key fuel to Nebraska’s economy. For more information about Nebraska Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit

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