The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) President Richard Guebert Jr. regarding today’s agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico to end tariffs on imports of Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum:

“The agreement reached today to end tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from our neighbors and close agricultural trading partners Canada and Mexico is tremendous news. For Illinois farmers looking to win back markets as they struggle against Mother Nature to get their crops planted, it demonstrates both President Trump’s commitment and determination to win ratification of the United States Canada Mexico Agreement (USMCA) as quickly as possible. It also means a welcome end to roughly $2 billion a year in harmful retaliatory tariffs against U.S. agricultural exports.

“While there’s a lot more work to do, this big win today for U.S. agriculture creates even more incentive for Farm Bureau to work hard over the coming months with the administration and our congressional allies to ratify USMCA and lock in the additional market opportunities and economic benefits this important trade deal offers.”

The Illinois Farm Bureau is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national organization of farmers and ranchers. Founded in 1916, IFB is a non-profit, membership organization directed by farmers who join through their county Farm Bureau. IFB has a total membership of more than 394,742 and a voting membership of 78,999. IFB represents three out of four Illinois farmers.