Wisconsin's governor says farmers in the state are already dealing with low prices and bad weather. They don't need a trade war to make things worse.
Gov. Tony Evers on Monday wrote a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to end the trade uncertainty that is hurting farmers in the state.
"I write today to urge you to stop this unnecessary trade war between the United States and our international partners, including China," Evers wrote. "The never-ending tariffs are having a direct, negative impact on many industries in our state, but perhaps none more than agriculture."
The governor says farmers in Wisconsin want trade not aid, and need healthy trade agreements to make that happen.
"When our farmers thrive, our rural communities thrive, and the ripple effect continues across our entire state," Evers' letter said. "Unfortunately, farmers of all commodities have been hit by a triple whammy of trade uncertainty, low selling prices for their products, and bad weather. This has put many Wisconsin farm families into extremely difficult situations. They’ve lost income, business, and the confidence in knowing that their contributions are valued by their government."
This is not the first time farmers in Wisconsin have used the 'trade not aid' line.
The American Dairy Coalition started using the phrase earlier this year.
"America’s farmers and dairymen are proud, hard-working people. Their mantra, from day one, has been, 'Trade, Not Aid.' They’d much prefer competing in thriving open markets for their products than receiving government hand-outs," the Coalition said back in May.
The Coalition's president, Walt Moore, said at the time that President Trump isn't the only one to blame for trade uncertainty. Moore said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi bares some responsibility for the hard times on Wisconsin farms because of her refusal to call the U.S. Mexico-Canada trade agreement.
“The ongoing farm crisis transcends partisanship. It's time for America’s farmers to contact their Congressional representatives — regardless of political affiliation — and let them know that enough is enough. It’s time to move forward," Moore wrote.
Gov. Evers didn't offer any thoughts on the gridlock in Congress. Instead, he took a rather personal shot at the president in his letter.
"Productive trade relationships take years of time and energy to build, but as we’ve seen, they can be destroyed overnight," Evers wrote. "One Tweet can harm thousands of Wisconsin citizens who make their living in our agricultural industry."
You can read the governor's full letter here.