Hearing outlines concerns with stagnant U.S. ag trade policy

Ag industry stakeholders testify in House Ag subcommittee on need for taking a proactive trade position.

 

Jacqui Fatka, National Hog Farmer 

Nov 18, 2021

 

The last time the United States implemented a new free trade agreement was in 2012. “That’s nearly 10 years of inactivity,” shared South Dakota soy and corn farmer Kevin Scott during a House Agriculture subcommittee hearing on trade priorities.

 

Scott and others who testified called for the Biden administration to take a more proactive stance on building and expanding market opportunities for U.S. agricultural producers, including a unanimous call for rejoining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific. The agreement came after the Trump administration withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiated under the Obama administration.

 

During the hearing, both House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Chair Jim Costa, D-Calif., and Ranking Member Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., reiterated the bipartisan support for rejoining the CPTPP. Costa noted that he hopes action can be taken on a bipartisan basis to urge for the conditions that would allow for the U.S. to rejoin the CPTPP.

 

Johnson also noted, “We need a robust approach to free trade agreements” as it would be helpful in removing tariff barriers and non-tariff barriers that are not-science based.

 

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