6,000+ Corn Farmers Push Congress to Pass TTP Trade Deal

September 21, 2016 12:30 PM

U.S. corn farmers are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to pushing for passage of the TransPacific Trade Partership (TTP) trade deal.

At least 6,325 corn farmers have written letters to urge members of Congress to pass the 12-member trade pact. The National Corn Growers Association announced it is delivering those letters today.

“America’s farmers and ranchers need Congress to step up and pass TPP now,” says Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association and a farmer from Newburg, Md. “At a time when the farm economy is struggling, exports represent a rare bright spot for American agriculture. America’s farmers and ranchers stand ready to share our bounty and meet the challenge of feeding and fueling a growing world. But we can’t do that without trade agreements like TPP."

The Trans-Pacific Partnership includes the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and Japan.

President Obama signed the TPP trade agreement earlier this year, but it now must be voted on by Congress.

Supporters of the trade deal would like to see it pass in the lame duck session of Congress before the next U.S. president takes office.

Vietnam could delay ratifying the trade pact until next year because of uncertainty over the U.S. presidential election, according to the head of a Vietnamese parliamentary committee, Bloomberg reported.

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Spell Check

SoCen, MN
9/21/2016 05:08 PM

  What does this massive bill do that wasn't already done before? The US is the largest exporter of grain, how in the world could the abomination known as TPP actually help farmers?

Kearney, NE
9/21/2016 09:35 PM

  How about congress pass an emergency mandatory set-a-side instead. www.afairmarketprice.com

Mark C. Daggy
Humboldt, IA
9/22/2016 07:11 AM

  Low prices are totally a farmer mismanagement problem. When grain farmers start following the lettuce producers style program, we will have the control we are all looking for. Take orders for grain sales 3 years in advance in a lean year when prices are skyrocketing. When that year arrives, plant and raise only a small percentage over what is sold and deep plow the rest under. Those that did not advance purchase giving farmers a nice profit....get no grain. None!!! When farmers stop listening to the, "Feed the World" bullshit and strictly make hard economic decisions based on controlled supply, our finances will turn around. Make food costs triple in America, so we are on pare with Germany and still less than Japan. Farmers forget that the government in America is the masses....and the masses want cheap food and cheap fuel (ethanol). Your Coop Boards are full of farmer patrons who feed livestock and invest in ethanol plants. Grain farmers best interest is not going to be served when the Coop Boards are full of those who want cheap grain prices. I suggest that grain farmers fill the Coop Boards with only grain farmers or buy the Coop and only grain farmers are patrons. Looking to Washington DC for the answers or worse yet voting for those who want cheap food, needs some serious consideration.


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