Farmers' groups show support for Trans-Pacific Partnership

The National Association of Farm Broadcasting served as the platform for speakers from the U.S Department of Agriculture and national farmers' groups to hold a news conference on the benefits of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement.

“Trade agreements crack open new markets for our farmers, allowing organizations like ours to go in, build demand and capture new sales in the short term and build loyal buying relationships for years to come,” U.S. Grains Council Chairman Alan Tiemann said.

Other groups participating in the forum were the National Corn Growers Association, the American Soybean Association, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the National Pork Producers Council and the National Association of Wheat Growers.

Tiemann said the agreement would allow for expanded coarse grain trade where demand for meat, dairy and eggs is rising. 

“We are excited to see the benefits of TPP come alive – from changing the game in Japanese agriculture, deepening our long-term relationships with our buyers there, to giving us new competitive advantages in Vietnam, the fastest growing feed grain market in the world,” he said.

The agreement has caused some in Congress to voice concerns, but President Barack Obama's administration has shown support by helping to move the TPP to become a law in the United States. Obama said last week he believes Congress will pass the agreement before his term ends in January 2017.

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