Farm Bureau calls for more free-trade agreements

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Citing the vital importance of trade to U.S. agriculture, the American Farm Bureau Federation is urging the Obama administration to submit the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement and the U.S.-Korean Free Trade Agreement to Congress for a vote.

In separate comments sent this week to the U.S. Trade Representative, AFBF said the trade pacts allow the United States to become a competitive supplier of agricultural products to Colombia and Korea. AFBF urged the administration “to not delay” in submitting the implementing legislation and called on Congress to pass the agreements. Though comments were not requested on the U.S.-Panama free trade agreement, AFBF urges congressional passage of that pact as well.

“These agreements offer great market opportunities for farmers all across our country,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “Swift passage of the trade agreements is vital for the U.S. to expand trade for farm products — from beef to cotton to fruits and vegetables.”

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Source: American Farm Bureau Federation

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