MADISON, Wis. – In response to a statement issued today by the USDA regarding assistance to alleviate losses due to the ongoing trade dispute with China, the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association has released the following statement:
“Ten months ago, when the first trade aid package was proposed, we said that while support is appreciated, the USDA cannot fully compensate producers for their losses. That hasn’t changed,” says Doug Rebout, Wisconsin Growers Association President. “Producers are dealing with so much uncertainty – from potential loss of markets to low commodity prices, tariffs and a wet Spring which has pushed back planting. This has all created a perfect storm. It’s not just a matter of whether to keep farming anymore – producer suicide is a real concern. President Trump made promises to our producers and it’s time he lived up to them.”
Wisconsin Corn serves the state’s corn growers through the Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board (WCPB) and Wisconsin Corn Growers Association (WCGA). The WCPB utilizes checkoff funds to develop and defend markets, fund research and provide education about corn and corn products. WCGA is a united, grassroots-driven member organization representing growers from across Wisconsin on important state and national agricultural issues in an effort to increase member profitability and opportunity. For more information, visit wicorn.org.