August 15, 2018 05:12 PM
Agricultural advocates in California are ratcheting up the pressure on the White House as a months-long trade dispute threatens to cost the industry billions of dollars and potentially put farmers out of business.
A group including Brian Kuehl, executive director of Farmers for Free Trade, a non-profit group, and Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, gathered at the Fresno County Farm Bureau office on Wednesday to push for a resolution to the trade war that has pitted the U.S. against major trading partners, including China, Mexico and Canada.
The Trump Administration, in a move to try and chip away at a trade deficit, has levied tariffs on imported goods, including aluminum and steel. In retaliation, the trading partners have slapped their own tariffs against the U.S., with California agriculture suffering the consequences.
“No one wins in a trade war,” said Costa.