Press Release

Illinois Soybean Growers Responds to China Soybean Tariffs

July 06, 2018


Illinois Soybean Growers Responds to China Soybean Tariffs


BLOOMINGTON, ILL. – July 6, 2018 – Lynn Rohrscheib, Illinois Soybean Growers chairwoman and a soybean farmer from Fairmount, Illinois, released the following statement in response to the implementation of China’s 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans.
“Now that Section 301 tariffs are in effect, Illinois Soybean Growers echo our earlier concerns about the long-lasting impact this trade decision will have on our industry. As the nation’s top soybean-producing state, we continue to emphasize the need for free trade and access to markets. We are disappointed that agriculture continues to be placed in the middle of the tariff debate with China. We urge the Trump Administration and China to rescind these tariffs that leave our farmers footing the bill. Instead, we are hopeful that continued negotiations can occur that will strengthen the competitiveness of our domestic industries while at the same time growing our agricultural export opportunities.”
Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) is a membership organization serving more than 43,000 Illinois soybean growers. ISG provides advocacy in Springfield and Washington, D.C., to promote the interests of Illinois soybean farmers and programs that enhance soybean production and demand. Voice for Soy, the online action center supported by ISG, allows growers to easily connect with legislators and regulators to advocate for Illinois agriculture. For more information about ISG, visit the website


For more information, contact:

Amy Roady
Director of Communications
(618) 535-7937

Mike Levin
Director of Issues Management Analysis
(309) 808-3606 

Rachel Peabody
Senior Communications Specialist
(217) 825-7654