ASTA Statement on USDA Trade Aid Package

  • On May 23, 2019

Alexandria, VA–May 23, 2019—The following is a statement from American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) President & CEO Andy LaVigne regarding today’s announcement from USDA on additional aid to farmers impacted by the current trade disruptions: 

“We appreciate the Administration recognizing the reality of the various challenges facing today’s farmers and rural communities, and taking action to provide some needed relief because of the trade disruptions. America’s farmers are being hit hard by the current trade environment; and with its farmer-customers struggling, many sectors of the seed industry are feeling the second-hand impacts of the trade retaliations. 

“While we’re still awaiting full details of the plan, we welcome this assistance and look forward to continuing to work with the Administration towards a long-term solution that maintains America’s position as a global leader in agriculture trade.”