ASA Joins Coalition Letter in Support of Input Tariff Reduction

Jan 09, 2014

In a letter to leadership of the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees, ASA and a coalition of farm groups reiterated their support for a bill that would reduce tariffs on imported pesticide feedstocks, active ingredients and final products. The coalition supports the support temporary duty reduction for agricultural inputs that would be provided by the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB).

“Production of food, feed and fiber depends on the discovery and commercialization of advanced pest control products tailored for our crops, production methods, soils, climatic conditions and, of course, pest pressures,” wrote the groups. “Staying ahead of the many weed, insect and disease pests that attack our crops is an ongoing challenge. Even after harvest, our crops can be subject to attack by pests and diseases. We support efforts by the crop input industry to provide us with continuously improved pest-control tools at affordable prices. Reduction of import tariffs on their pesticides, active ingredients, and intermediate chemicals is an important aspect of congressional support of modern agriculture.”

For a full transcript of the letter, please click here.