Event at the state capitol to highlight tariff effects on Utah farmers

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF), along with a group known as Farmers for Free Trade, are sponsors of an event this Friday at the Utah state capitol building. It will feature a round table discussion on the role of free trade as it applies to agriculture and Utah’s economy. It will also discuss the potential impact of President Trumps’ tariffs on trade when it comes to agriculture.

On KVNU’s For the People program on Tuesday, UDAF Public Information Specialist Jack Wilbur said a couple members of the Farmers for Free Trade group, along with representatives of the Western Association of State Departments of Agriculture, have been meeting in Utah this week.

“Since they were in town anyway, they wanted to say they’ve been doing events like this throughout the country trying to raise awareness about what impacts the tariffs are having on average Americans, on family farms and families.”

Wilbur said impacts are also being felt by ranchers and agri-businesses. The event will be held Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the capitol’s Centennial Room in Salt Lake City. Speakers include U.S. Representative Mia Love (R-District 4), Utah Farm Bureau President Ron Gibson, Brian Kuhl of Farmers for Free Trade and Utah Dept. of Agriculture & Food commissioner Luann Adams.

For more information visit www.ag.utah.gov or www.farmersforfreetrade.com.


AUDIO: UDAF Public Information Specialist Jack Wilbur talks with FTP host Jason Williams


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