Sheep ranchers say national trade agreement hurts industry - KOTA Territory News

Sheep ranchers say national trade agreement hurts industry

Some sheep ranchers in South Dakota say they are worried about what will happen to the industry if a proposed trade agreement goes through.

Larry Pressler, independent candidate for U.S. Senate, met with two ranchers Thursday at the Stadium Sports Grille in Belle Fourche. The men talked about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This partnership is a trade deal between the U.S. and 11 other countries.

Pressler says countries like New Zealand are able to import sheep and lamb without any tariffs, while U.S. ranchers have to pay to export. That's something Pressler says he wants to change about the treaty. "To have the same tariff schedules on imports and exports on agricultural products as we have on our industrial products," said Pressler.

Jim Johnson, a sheep rancher and Pressler supporter, says a trade agreement is necessary. According to Johnson, the sheep industry in Western South Dakota is only 1/3 of what it used to be. However, he doesn't want foreign sheep to flood the market in a way that hurts domestic animals. "Imports are the reason our numbers decreased, and the old folks kinda quit and the young people said 'I can make more money with cattle,' so they basically decreased their sheep numbers," said Johnson.
Pressler says if elected, he will fight to change the treaty to benefit South Dakota's agricultural sector.
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