Monday, April 2, 2018

Walker's boy Trump just slammed WI agriculture

Walker and the WI GOP worked hard to boost Trump to a win with a big GOP rural vote.

That was then, and today the trade war that Trump declared without warning after a few random synapses fired a few weeks just made cranberries and other Badgerland staples 15% more expense to get into in the Chinese market.

While we wait for the Walker-Paul Ryan excuse-making wimp out, feel free to consult two documents: 

* The lengthy Chinese tariff list published today, which includes cranberries, nuts, ginseng and other agricultural and industrial items.

This webpage posted by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection showing that China is Wisconsin's third-largest importer, and the state ranks #1 in exports of cranberries, ginseng roots, and sweet corn.

Well done,. GOP:
​​2017 Export Statistics​
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection provides annual statistics on top Wisconsin export markets and products. We obtain our statistics from WISERTrade.​

January - December 2017 Wisconsin Agriculture Export Highlights​

  • From January to December 2017, Wisconsin exported more than $3.5 billion worth of agricultural products to 147 countries. This is an increase of 3.63 percent compared to the same time period in 2016.
  • Overall, US exports of agricultural products totaled almost $167 billion, an increase of 3.3 percent compared to the same time period in 2016.
  • Wisconsin continues to be ranked 12th overall for agricultural exports, up from 13th place in 2014.
  • Exports of dairy, eggs and honey in 2017 were valued at $297 million, a 19.9 percent increase compared to the same period last year. Wisconsin  ranks fifth among U.S. states in the export of these products. 
  • Wisconsin ranks first in the U.S. for exports of ginseng roots, prepared/preserved cranberries, sweet corn prepared/preserved, and bovine semen. Wisconsin ranks second in the export of cheese, whey and raw furskins.
  • Total Wisconsin exports, including manufactured goods, were valued at $22.3 billion, a six percent increase from the same period last year.
Top Five Markets for Wisconsin Exports - Agricultural Products
Country, $ Value Export, % Growth
Canada,  $1.45 billion,  (+1.45%)
Mexico,  $412 million,  (+14.2%)
China,  $299 million  (+27.62%)
Korea, $178 million,  (+.33%)
Japan, $146 million, (-0.81%)
Top Five Products - Agricultural Exports
Product, Product Value, Export Percent Growth, Product Details
Prepared Vegetables, Fruit, Nuts,  $314 million,  (+8.90%),  Prepared vegetables, fruit, nuts, other plant parts.
Miscellaneous Food,  $331 million,  (+11.52%),  Ingredients, sauces, yeasts, etc.
Oil Seeds, Miscellaneous Grain,  $310 million,  (+35.69%),  Soybeans, flaxseed, etc..
Dairy, Eggs and Honey,  $297 million,  (19.98%),  Cheese, milk, whey, butter, lactose, etc.
Wood and Articles of Wood; Wood Charcoal,  $254 million,  (+13.3%),  Soybeans, flaxseed, etc.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

It seems this will hurt a lot of rural Trump voters, but will they hold him or the GOP accountable? None of his other antics have seemed to shake them.

Separately, it's interesting to ponder whether this will revive local agriculture around the globe. Perhaps the shipping industry will see cutbacks (and thereby greenhouse gases could be reduced). Alternatively shippers could still carry most of the same goods but just have different sources and destinations.