National Council of Farmer Co-ops Supports Trans Pacific PartnershipThu, 19 May 2016 17:49:22 CDT
The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) today announced its support for the pending Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement and called on Congress to approve TPP before the end of the year.
“Exports continue to be an engine driving economic growth across America. For agriculture, the TPP offers tremendous opportunity to farmers and their co-ops to expand exports and generate additional economic activity across farm country,” said Chuck Conner, president and CEO of NCFC. “The agreement contains meaningful reductions in barriers erected by other countries to U.S. agricultural exports by lowering tariffs and working to ensure that sanitary and phytosanitary standards are based on science.
“We look forward to a robust debate on TPP in Congress and stand ready to help push the agreement across the finish line,” he concluded.
NCFC is a national association representing America’s farmer cooperatives. There are over 2000 farmer cooperatives across the U.S. whose members include a majority of our nation’s more than 2 million farmers, ranchers and growers. These farmer cooperative businesses handle, process, and market agricultural commodities and related products; furnish farm supplies; and provide credit and associated financial services. Earnings from these activities are returned to their members on a patronage basis. Farmer cooperatives also provide jobs for nearly 250,000 Americans, many in rural areas, with a combined payroll of over $8 billion.
Additional information about NCFC can be found at http://www.ncfc.org.
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