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Ryan to ITC: Protect Ohio Farmers, Reject Phosphorus Fertilizer Duties
Ohio Ag Connection - 02/22/2021

Congressman Tim Ryan urged the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) to reject duties on phosphorus based-fertilizers. In his letter to USITC Chair Jason Kearns, Congressman Ryan said that years of low commodity prices and declining farm incomes have raised concerns that this case could have on production costs. Farmers across the country depend on affordable phosphate fertilizers to produce a variety of crops, and a sharp rise in price would have a dramatic impact during an already volatile time for many U.S. farmers.

Ryan also held a roundtable with representatives from the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, the Ohio Soybean Association, and the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association to discuss this trade issue and the many challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has caused Ohio farmers.

"Farmers across the country depend on affordable phosphate fertilizers to produce a variety of crops, and a sharp rise in price would have a dramatic impact during an already volatile time for many U.S. farmers," wrote Ryan. "Given financial harm duties on phosphate fertilizers will cause U.S. farmers, we urge the Department of Commerce and U.S. International Trade Commission to deny this petition."


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