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"U.S. farmers voiced their opposition to President Trump's recently announced tariffs on steel and aluminum imports in an ad set to run for at least the next month on morning news programs that Trump is known to watch. In the ad from Farmers for Free Trade, a coalition of agriculture groups, American farmers argue that a trade war sparked by Trump's tariffs could hurt their businesses. "The crops that we grow here on this farm are exported across the globe," Montana farmer Michelle Erickson-Jones says in the ad. "Policies that restrict trade would be devastating for farms like ours,” she says. "Someday I’d like to pass the farm down to my boys. Mr. President, protect free trade and keep our agriculture economy strong." The advertisement aimed at Trump will run on cable news channels such as "Fox and Friends" on Fox News and MSNBC's "Morning Joe," two morning shows the president has been known to frequently watch in the past. The ad will run on other news websites and on rural agriculture programs across the country...Last week, Trump announced sweeping tariffs of 25 percent on imports of steel and 10 percent on aluminum. U.S. agriculture is worried that other countries will retaliate against their products in response to Trump's tariffs decision. “Farmers are increasingly worried about what they are seeing from Washington, D.C. on trade,” said former Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), a co-founder of the Farmers for Free Trade, in a statement. “When the U.S. engages in a tit-for-tat fight with our trading partners, farmers pay the price," he said."

Posted March 13th, 2018