MADISON— Gov. Tony Evers has called on President Donald Trump to listen to farmers and put an end to the "unnecessary trade war" between the United States and its international partners, including China.
He said the president’s tariffs are having a direct, negative impact on many industries in Wisconsin, but perhaps none more than agriculture, an $88 billion industry in Wisconsin that employs one out of every nine workers in the state.
"Unfortunately," Evers said in a letter to the president, "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.
"Productive trade relationships take years of time and energy to build, but as we’ve seen, they can be destroyed overnight," the governor said. "One Tweet can harm thousands of Wisconsin citizens who make their living in our agricultural industry. As many farmers will tell you, aid payments cannot make up for what they’ve lost financially or personally. A government check simply does not make up for the pride they felt knowing they were getting a fair price for their high-quality corn, soybeans, or ginseng.”
Evers said he is focused on maintaining Wisconsin’s successful relationships abroad and investing in programs that help Wisconsin producers gain access to global markets and improve their presence in local ones.
“Farmers want trade more than government aid,” Evers wrote. “They deserve better than short-sighted trade wars that do lasting damage to their businesses and their heritage. They have told us what we can do to support them, and tariffs are not on the list.”