03/14/18 • UPDATE


North Dakota’s soybean growers likely to be punished as a result of president’s steel, aluminum tariffs

(FARGO, N.D.) – Following the president’s announcement last week that he would arbitrarily place tariffs on aluminum and steel imports on some countries but not others, Chinese officials said that North Dakota’s soybean growers could be punished as retaliation. Dem-NPL congressional candidate Ben Hanson released the following statement in response:

“When the president announced that he would selectively impose tariffs on aluminum and steel, opposition came from Democrats and Republicans alike. I said then that the decision would be bad for North Dakota's ag producers and now Chinese officials have confirmed: soybean growers will be targeted for retaliation.

“At a time of low commodity prices, ag producers are having a tough enough time without this additional and unnecessary burden. Our state was built on agriculture, depends on agriculture today, and will be sustained by agriculture moving forward. 

"North Dakota deserves a congressman who is willing to stand up and fight when agriculture is attacked, not one who pledges to blindly follow the president.”

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  • In 2016, the value of soybean production in North Dakota was $2.2 billion. (USDA)
  • In 2016, North Dakota’s growers yielded 249 million bushels of soybeans. (Id.)
  • In the 2014-15 marketing year, North Dakota’s growers exported $1.8 billion worth of soybeans. (North Dakota Soybean Council)
  • The vast majority of soybeans grown in North Dakota are exported to southeast Asia. (Id.)
  • China imports more than one-third of all U.S. soybeans. (Reuters)

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