April 5, 2018/Press

Republican Policies in NC & DC Threaten Rural NC and Family Farmers

Republican Policies in NC & DC Threaten Rural NC and Family Farmers

Trump trade war will have disastrous effects on rural NC after NC GOP’s pipeline attacks threaten economic development

Raleigh – Both DC and NC Republicans have launched in the last few weeks disastrous policies that will severely hurt North Carolina’s farmers, rural communities, and agriculture industries.

In DC, President Trump and DC Republicans launched a trade war with China that threatens NC farmers, especially corn and soy bean farmers, and pork producers. Per WCQS:

China’s tariffs on American goods could dip into North Carolina’s pork exports. China said Monday it is imposing a 25 percent tariff on dozens of goods, including pork products. North Carolina exported about $100 million worth of pork to China last year. China’s move is a retaliatory measure to President Trump’s announcement of tariffs on steel and aluminum.

Our farmers will be hit even harder if China escalates the trade war, perFayetteville Observer:

But [pork tariffs are] only the beginning of our worries. Trump and China are both making noises about escalating a trade war, and China is signaling that agricultural imports will be the earliest targets for new tariffs. Corn and soybeans — big business for North Carolina farmers — have already been mentioned.

Already, NC tobacco farmers are facing “devastating” impacts, per News & Observer:

A trade war with China could have devastating impacts on North Carolina’s tobacco farmers. North Carolina exported more than $156 million in leaf tobacco to China in 2017, making the nation the largest consumer of the state’s tobacco in the world.

“This is troubling, to say the least, in terms of tobacco,” said Larry Wooten, president of the North Carolina Farm Bureau. “When you add pork and soybeans, it really hits North Carolina.”

Here in NC, Republicans raided a fund meant to bring new jobs and economic development to our rural communities. The fund was created to help eastern NC tap into the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), bringing new jobs and incentivizing new businesses to relocate to NC.

Now, either these rural communities cannot access a pipeline that runs through their community or taxpayers will have to pay for something private businesses already gave money to fund.

Add it all up and it’s clear – the real loser from DC and Raleigh Republicans’ 2018 priorities is rural NC.

“DC and Raleigh Republicans’ efforts to rig the system to score cheap political points have one glaring thing in common – they’re disastrous for rural North Carolina,” said NCDP Executive Director Kimberly Reynolds said. “North Carolina Republicans are just like their DC counterparts – playing politics means more to them than the well-being of their rural constituents.”