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Our policies are born from the local Granges across Pennsylvania. Legislative proposals, called resolutions, are brought forth by members and debated at the local Grange meeting. Those that pass at the local level are brought before the State Grange Convention and debated, with passing resolutions becoming State Grange Policy, available in our Journal of Proceedings and Legislative Policy Book. When appropriate, these policies are passed to the National Grange to be debated and voted on by the delegates at the National Grange Convention. Policy at the State and National Grange is developed by membership and implemented by staff in a truly grassroots fashion.
The Grange is committed to an issue-based grassroots process which allows us to support civic leaders based on policy rather than local politics. Although we do not support individual candidates, we strongly encourage our membership to engage in local politics and elections that can better the communities they serve. We open our Grange Halls for candidate debates, issue forums and other civic meetings and strongly believe that voting and participation in our governing systems is a civic responsibility.
On Wednesday, April 4, the nation's oldest agriculture advocacy organization, the National Grange, released a statement about the potential trade war with China that could devastate America's agricultural sector and do great harm to our economy.
National Grange President Betsy E. Huber said in the statement:
"The National Grange message to the White House is “Mr. President, do no harm to agriculture.” Our looming trade war with China is serious and will be devastating to America’s farmers and ranchers. Commodity prices at the farm gate are already at levels far below profitability. If current trade posturing does escalate to a full-fledged trade war with China, our country will slip from an agriculture recession today into an agriculture depression tomorrow. China has shown it is more than willing to target America’s food producers with retaliatory tariffs on our ag exports.
"China appears ready to target America’s most valuable food and agriculture exports with serious retaliatory tariffs. Soybeans, pork, apples, cherries, wine, grapes, oranges and pistachios appear to be at the top of China’s retaliatory list. Chinese tariffs will close markets, dam up market channels, and cause commodity prices to fall even more. For example, if a 10 percent tariff were to be placed on soybeans, U.S. soybean exports would fall by a third, according to the U.S. Soybean Export Council. A 30 percent tariff would drop U.S. soybean exports to China by 71 percent.
"Other countries around the world are anxiously waiting to pick up America’s food and agriculture export markets from a U.S.-China trade war. These lost markets would be very difficult to regain later. We again ask the Administration to do no harm to agriculture."
Cabinet In Your Community
Tuesday. April 3, 2018
at 1 p.m.
234 High Street
Note from Vince:
Dear Grange Leaders:
If your schedule allows, attending this gives Grange members an excellent opportunity to meet personally with leaders in our PA State Government. The Governor and most of his Cabinet will be there.
These are informal and very conversational. It is also a great opportunity to remind them about how important expanding access to Broadband is (Internet and cell phone) for rural PA. Giving rural PA equal access to technology like cities and suburbs have is a core issue, kind of like rural electrification in the last century.
If you or other Grangers plan to attend, please let me know and I can supply talking points. Please also distribute to others in the Grange Community.