NCBA: Not Voting for TPP Isn't an Option for U.S. Cattle

October 19, 2016 12:34 PM

While politicians on both sides of the aisle have differing opinions of the TPP, cattlemen across the U.S. are hoping to get the trade deal signed as soon as possible.

Colin Woodall, vice president of government affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association spoke on AgriTalk Tuesday, telling host Mike Adams about the $400,000 a day the industry loses because they don’t have TPP.

Since the U.S. doesn’t have access into the Japanese beef market, they are losing to the Australia. Australia’s tariff will decrease starting on Jan. 1, 2017, and will result in greater losses for the U.S. According to Woodall, NCBA found this has a “significant impact” on Congress who are seeing a daily quantifiable impact of not having TPP in place.

For the NCBA, passing TPP is the number one issue during the lame duck session. Woodall said there’s been a lot of time, effort, and resources that have gone into visiting and talking with members of Congress to get a vote. He’s optimistic it can get passed.

“We are not giving up,” said Woodall. “If we do not get this done by the end of the year, we doubt we will ever have the opportunity to get TPP.”

The election is a major reason why congress won’t vote on TPP, said Woodall. Even with a new administration or a new congress, he doesn’t believe TPP will have a chance.

“Not voting on it is not an option for the U.S. cattle industry,” said Woodall.

Listen to Woodall on AgriTalk above.

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Spell Check

Ed Storm
crofton, IL
10/20/2016 09:05 AM

  TPP is a disaster. You can't be for something just b/c it may benefit the few. You have to look at the big picture, stop being so selfish. Do whats right for once instead of what will pad your pockets for a short time. Geez already, I get so tired of people voting a certain way on just one little "pet project" instead of viewing the ramifications of things from a broad perspective. Seriously grow a freakin brain!!! Please.

Ted R
Rural, KS
10/20/2016 10:45 AM

  Educate yourself AgWeb/fellow Farmers and then do the right thing. Stop selling our kids/grandkids futures down the for TEMPORARY comfort!


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