LINCOLN, NEB. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement today on China’s list of retaliatory tariffs for U.S. agricultural exports that includes soybeans, sorghum, and beef: 

“Agriculture is the economic engine of Nebraska and these retaliatory tariffs proposed by China will hurt our state. 

“After reviewing the list of ag commodities and industries targeted this morning, I immediately reached out to the administration. I’ve spoken directly today to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short. In my conversations, I emphasized the significant market loss our producers would face should China’s tariffs be finalized. 

“Additionally, this afternoon I held a meeting with Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade, Ted McKinney, and several of Nebraska’s top agribusiness leaders where we communicated our concerns in person. 

“I will continue to work with Nebraskans and the administration to reach a positive outcome for our farmers and ranchers who feed the world.”