Nearly 90 organizations and companies in the food and agriculture sector penned a letter to President Donald Trump on Tuesday to stress the importance of trade in the Asia-Pacific Region.
“America’s food and agriculture sector is poised to grow internationally, building upon its well-deserved reputation for high quality products, trusted brands and constant innovation,” the letter states. “Our ability to continue to create jobs and support economic growth in rural America depends on maintaining and increasing access to markets outside the United States through existing and future trade agreements.”
The letter argues that the food and agriculture industry is a “true American success story” – employing more than 15 million Americans. More than 95% of the industry’s potential customers live outside of the U.S., the letter also points out.
While many in our sector strongly supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership, we hope future agreements build upon the valuable aspects of that agreement to increase our market access in the Asia-Pacific,” it reads. “We welcome an opportunity to work with your Administration to ensure that America’s farmers, ranchers, processors and food companies do not fall behind our foreign peers in this vitally important economic region.”
You can read the entire letter here.