In Testimony, McCaskill Stands Up for Missouri Soybean Farmers, Biodiesel Producers Against Unfair Foreign Trade Practices
In testimony delivered today, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill stood up on behalf of Missouri’s soybean and biodiesel workers and producers—which support more than 17,000 jobs in Missouri—against unfair foreign trade practices before the government agency that decides whether American companies have been harmed.

“These workers, and my state’s economy, are being harmed by the hundreds of millions of gallons of Argentinian and Indonesian biodiesel that is unfairly being dumped into the United States,” McCaskill testified before the International Trade Commission. “The biodiesel and the soybeans we’re talking about today aren’t just products of commerce—they represent jobs for folks in my state. And when those jobs are threatened by unfair trade practices on the part of a foreign competitor, I’m not just going to sit by, and neither should you.”

The biodiesel market in Missouri supports more than 8,000 jobs. The soybean industry has created 3,000 direct jobs and 6,400 indirect jobs in Missouri, and adds $1.7 billion in economic benefits to the state. McCaskill testified that Missouri workers and businesses have been harmed by the hundreds of millions of gallons of Argentinian and Indonesian biodiesel that are unfairly being dumped into the U.S. markets.

The state of Missouri is the third-largest producer of biodiesel and a major producer of soybeans. There are six active biodiesel plants in Missouri, with a combined capacity of 235 million gallons. These plants, and their related crushing facilities, are located in towns like Deerfield, St. Joseph, Moberly, and Mexico and support hundreds of jobs in rural Missouri.

McCaskill is a longtime advocate for Missouri workers and businesses against unfair trade practices. Last year, after urging from McCaskill on behalf of Missouri manufacturers Bull Moose Tube Company and EXLTUBE, the International Trade Commission voted to level the playing field for Missouri and U.S. manufacturers by finalizing duties against foreign steel pipe and tubing producers found to be illegally dumping in the international market.

McCaskill has also testified on behalf of die-casting companies in Palmyra, Mexico, and Perryville fighting against unfair magnesium tariffs benefiting Chinese and Russian importers, as well as for a steel-wheels company in Sedalia in support of their case against Chinese government subsidies on foreign products. These companies employed more than 1,300 Missourians combined.
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