New 25% Tariff Great for U.S. Garlic

Christopher Ranch in Gilroy welcomed a decision by President Donald Trump to increase tariffs to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods May 10.

Many U.S. farmers, especially soybean and corn producers, fear drastic consequences if China retaliates with its own tariffs on U.S. agriculture commodities in response to a 25 percent tariff on Chinese products. The new tariff went into effect after U.S. and Chinese officials failed to secure a trade deal.

In contrast, Christopher Ranch, the city’s largest private employer, is planning to ramp up production to meet what it expects to be a significantly increased demand for California-grown garlic because of the tariff, said Ken Christopher, executive vice president of Christopher Ranch.

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