Tom Vilsack on TPP- We'll Sell More Ag Products Across the Board Because of This AgreementTue, 06 Oct 2015 14:13:38 CDT
The US Department of Agriculture hosted President Barack Obama on Tuesday, as the President met with a variety of stakeholders- including many from the agricultural community- discussing the benefits that the President sees in the just completed Trans Pacific Partnership. While the final text will take about thirty days to prepare, the President and his Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, are convinced that this trade deal will be very good for US farmers and ranchers.
According to the USDA website, "The agreement would eliminate or significantly reduce tariffs on our products and deter non-science based sanitary and phytosanitary barriers that have put American agriculture at a disadvantage in TPP countries in the past. Despite these past barriers, countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership currently account for up to 42 percent of all U.S. agricultural exports, totaling $63 billion. Thanks to this agreement and its removal of unfair trade barriers, American agricultural exports to the region will expand even further."
On Tuesday afternoon, Secretary Vilsack met with reporters in a teleconference to discuss the TPP. While not all the details are yet known about the trade deal, the Secretary predicted to reporters "We're gonna sell more ag products across the board with this agreement."
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