Farmers Urging Congress to Swiftly Move on TPP Agreement

Randall Weiseman Alabama, Corn, Field Crops, Florida, General, Georgia, Trade

Through groups like the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and the American Farm Bureau, thousands of farmers are asking Congress to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement quickly.

NCGA says more than 6,000 farmers have written letters to Congress urging passage of the agreement this year. NCGA is delivering those letters to lawmakers this week. Meanwhile, Farm Bureau joined the National Association of Manufactures and others Wednesday in a letter to Congress asking lawmakers the same. The Farm Bureau letter told lawmakers “the status quo is not acceptable,” in calling for passage.

NCGA President Chip Bowling stated to Congress: “Pass TPP and give America’s farmers and ranchers a chance to compete for the world’s business.”

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement represents 40 percent of the global economy and one of the fastest-growing regions in the world. President Barack Obama signed the TPP agreement earlier this year, but it now must be approved by Congress.

(From the National Association of Farm Broadcasters News Service)