State of South Dakota secondary Archives: on Free Trade

Billie Sutton: Better trade deals, not trade wars and tariffs

Billie Sutton shares South Dakotans' desire to strengthen South Dakota's ag economy and will take the following steps to support our producers:

Invite a bipartisan group of regional governors to a meeting on minimizing the burden of tariffs and improving ag prices. If our representatives in Congress will not work to resolve these issues in a timely manner, agriculture based state governors must come together to bring solutions to leaders in Washington.

South Dakota producers need access to markets. In order to do that, we need to be continually pursuing new market opportunities, not cutting off market access for producers through unnecessary trade barriers like tariffs, which cause farmers and ranchers to bear the brunt of the inevitable retaliation. While we must always be open to negotiating better trade deals with our partners, the current trade war, caused by new tariffs, is doing substantial damage to rural South Dakota.

Source: 2021 South Dakota Governor campaign website Nov 3, 2021

Dennis Daugaard: Supports USMCA trade agreement to replace NAFTA

The USMCA is a new trade pact among the United States, Mexico and Canada, intended as a stronger and modernized replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R-SD): "I am very pleased to hear that the President and his administration have struck a new trade deal that will better serve South Dakota agricultural producers and South Dakota manufacturers. Canada and Mexico rank number one and number two as South Dakota's top international trading partners."

Source: White House press release in 2018 South Dakota Governor race Oct 2, 2018

Kristi Noem: Supports trade deal with Mexico/Canada

Noem said in a statement that the USMCA would "increase potential for global trade while giving producers the stability to grow, invest, and create more jobs in South Dakota" in a time when "farmers and ranchers need added market opportunities and certainty."
Source: South Dakota gubernatorial press release in AgWeek Jun 20, 2019

Kristi Noem: China trade wars makes low soybean prices & hurts farmers

Speaking at Politico's State Solutions Conference, Gov. Kristi Noem said, "South Dakota has been devastated by the trade wars that are going on, and agriculture is our No. 1 industry by far. When we aren't able to export our soybeans to the Asia-Pacific region, when we're struggling with commodity prices, that's impacting not just those farmers who are on the ground but every Main Street business, everybody who has another entity out there that relies on those successful ag industries."

Noem said she's spoken to Trump administration officials and she's consistently advocated for wrapping up trade discussions. The White House is aware South Dakota farmers have previously had soybean shipments unfairly rejected by China, Noem said. "I think the administration is trying to rectify some of that," she said. "The problem is this has gone on now for a long period of time." Sustained, low commodity prices are "driving a lot of family businesses out of business," she added.

Source: blog on 2020 South Dakota Senate race Jul 9, 2018

Steven Haugaard: Don't export unprocessed agricultural products, do it here

Let's maximize our billions of dollars of unprocessed agriculture products. We export millions of bushels of grain that could be processed in South Dakota. We export hundreds of thousands of cattle, hogs, sheep, and poultry and the producers lose the majority of the available profits. There are solutions without overreaching government. Our state can pave the way for those producers to employ people here without drawing in businesses that consume profits and send them out of state.
Source: 2022 South Dakota Gubernatorial website Feb 22, 2022

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Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
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Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
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Gov.George Pataki(NY)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
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Donald Trump(NY)
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Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

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Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
Robert Steele(L-NY)
Dr.Jill Stein(G,MA)
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