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House Agriculture Committee Highlights Importance of Trade to U.S. Agriculture

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:02:59 CDT

House Agriculture Committee Highlights Importance of Trade to U.S. Agriculture Rep. K. Michael Conaway, Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, held a public hearing Wednesday to review the importance of trade to U.S. agriculture. In 2014, U.S. agricultural exports reached a record-setting $152.5 billion, an increase of 58% over the last five years. Members and the witnesses emphasized that with 95 percent of the world's population residing outside of the United States, it is imperative that the U.S. works to expand market access while eliminating international barriers to trade. They made it clear in the hearing that passing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is key to this effort.

"While agricultural exports account for nearly one-third of total U.S. farm income, several opportunities exist to further expand market access while leveling the global playing field for American farmers and ranchers," Chairman Conaway said. "In passing TPA, Congress defines trade priorities along with the terms and conditions under which the President may enter into trade agreements. TPA would pave the way for our trade negotiators to finalize key trade deals that work for agriculture by giving our negotiating partners the confidence to bring their best offers to the table. If we are unsuccessful in our efforts to gain access to markets for American food and fiber products, other countries will fill that demand. That is why it is time to pass TPA."

Written testimony provided by the witnesses is linked below. Click here for more information, including Chairman Conaway's opening statement and the archived webcast.

Witness List:

Mr. Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Washington, DC. -- Click here for testimony from AFBF.

Dr. Howard Hill, President, National Pork Producers Council, Cambridge, IA -- Click here for testimony from NPPC.

Mr. Pete Kappelman, Chairman, International Trade Committee, National Milk Producers Federation, Two Rivers, WI -- Click here for testimony from NMPF.

Mr. Robert Guenther, Senior Vice President for Public Policy, United Fresh Produce Association, Washington, DC -- Click here for testimony from UFPA.



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