GFN member shares how vital trade is, how much tariffs hurt


Pam Johnson from Iowa took it upon herself to be active in advocating agriculture and has been heavily involved with a number of groups – including becoming the first female president of the National Corn Growers Association.  Pam’s a recognized international leader, and we’re proud to count her as a member of the Global Farmer Network and she took part in the 2010 Global Farmer Roundtable.  In fact, she and fellow GFN member Sergio Bortolozzo from Brazil were both instrumental in the formation of MAIZALL, The International Maize Alliance – formed by grower associations in Argentina, Brazil and the US.

Johnson recently was interviewed for and in a video at Voice of America (VOA) talking about how crucial trade is for American farmers – but, she and other GFN members will testify that free and open access to markets are vital to farmers everywhere!

US Farmers Counting on Passage of US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement

May 8, 2019 – By Kane Farabaugh

Instead of managing livestock with her family on her Floyd, Iowa, farm, Pam Johnson would rather see tractors in her fields.

“I look outside at the weather and how we should be planting right now to have optimum yields this year, and we’re kind of stuck,” she told VOA, standing in a building on her farm that provided shelter from the intermittent downpours.

Johnson says she is stuck — not just because of the soggy weather, but also between a rock (trade agreements) and a hard place (tariffs).

“The soybean tariffs are hurting us here,” she said…

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Pam Johnson

Pam Johnson

Sixth generation farmer, with her husband and 2 sons – grow corn and soybeans on 2,700 acres. All seeds planted are genetically modified with traits to improve plant health. Tillage practices include: no-till, minimum till and strip till.

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