On Friday, White House officials announced the Trans-Pacific Partnership would not pass Congress. This came after congressional leaders in both parties said they wouldn’t bring the agreement up during the lame-duck session.
This isn’t enough to dash the hopes of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) or the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF).
On Thursday, Nick Giordano, vice president and counsel of NPPC, and John Hollay, vice president of government relations of NMPF are remaining optimistic.
“Pork is going to keep pushing hard for trade,” said Giordano. “All hope is not lost.”
NPPC has a goal of being highly engaged with President-elect Trump’s administration, and they plan to remind them of the importance of trade and to “bring them around, not just on TPP, but for American agriculture.”
Hollay recognized NMPF’s changed stance on the trade agreement: coming out against it before, but now giving their endorsement. He said agriculture has always been a bright spot with trade.
“Don’t look the Trump administration’s position during the campaign as saying trade should not be part of our economy, it’s that we need good trade deals,” said Hollay.
Following the election, Canada and Mexico announced they would be willing to renegotiate NAFTA. While it’s been “great” for pork producers, Giordano understands other sectors can be improved.
“What can’t happen is we take a big step back on trade across the board to agriculture and the rural economy,” said Giordano.
TTIP negotiations have been paused between the EU and the U.S., a deal the dairy industry wants to get “right.”
“One out of every seven milk trucks ends up with their product overseas so we want to make sure we’re doing these deals in the right way,” said Hollay.
Listen to Hollay and Giordano’s full conversation on AgriTalk above.