Schumer addresses how potential tariff hikes could affect New York farmers

March 23, 2018 06:51 PM

JOHNSTOWN - China is firing back against Trump trade tariffs. The country announced on Friday, a $3 billion list of U.S. goods for potential tariff hikes.

Topping the list, a local crop -- apples, could face an increase of 15 percent.

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Sen. Schumer was at Rogers Orchard and Ciderie in Johnstown on Friday to discuss how potential tariff hikes could affect farmers across the state.

His reply was very simple: We are not going to allow this to affect us. We have to come down hard on the Chinese because we are number one in the world and we will not let this impact our state.

Schumer added it's important to remember we are the second largest producer of apples in the country, number one for cideries, with 90 across the state and growing.

Apples and cideries are a strong part of the economy in New York that is continuing to grow and create more jobs for New Yorkers every day.

"Let me just say this. For two decades China has ripped us off. They're stealing our wealth, they're stealing our jobs and they go after our intellectual property. We're a free and open country, our companies know how to make things better than anybody else and China rips us off," asserted Schumer.

In addition to discussing tariffs, the Senator also mentioned that he wants people to remember cider is not champagne and that the feds shouldn't force cideries to include words like "sparkling" or "carbonated" on their labels. Schumer says he's going to make sure that doesn't happen.


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