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Trump Tariffs Could Cripple Louisiana

Jul 9, 2018
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A Forbes report shows Louisiana is the state most at risk of being economically crippled by the escalating trade wars initiated by the Trump Administration. The study shows nearly 21 percent of the state’s GDP comes from exports, with five percent coming from Mexico and China specifically. Louisiana US Congressman Garret Graves says he’s watching the negotiations closely.

He says he does not like that we are having impacts in our economy but thinks if we play this right we can get trade remedies.

US Pecan Growers Seek To Break Out Of The Pie Shell

Apr 25, 2018
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The humble pecan is being rebranded as more than just pie.

Pecan growers and suppliers are hoping to sell U.S. consumers on the virtues of North America's only native nut as a hedge against a potential trade war with China, the pecan's largest export market.

The pecan industry is also trying to crack the fast-growing snack-food industry.

The Fort Worth, Texas-based American Pecan Council has been formed in the wake of a new federal marketing order that allows the industry to band together and assess fees for research and promotion.

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United States Senator John Kennedy is asking President Trump to put even higher tariffs on Chinese crawfish and shrimp. In a letter to the White House, Kennedy accused the Chinese of not trading fairly with the U-S.

 

Earlier this month, President Trump instructed the United States Trade Representative to consider whether 100-billion dollars in additional tariffs would be appropriate. Kennedy says he’s asked the Trump administration to give full consideration to the inclusion of Chinese crawfish and shrimp.

 

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Congressman Ralph Abraham wrote to the United States Department of Agriculture urging that the USDA take all steps possible to protect farmers during the current trade negotiations between the United States and China.

The United States has taken a number of actions aimed at reducing the trade deficit between the U.S. and China while also holding China accountable for its unfair market influence and disregard for American intellectual property. The Chinese responded with tariffs that could have negative consequences on American agriculture.