The Hill: Farm Groups Rally Behind Trade Bill

February 19, 2016 01:00 PM

As the Trans Pacific Partnership begins to move through Congress, farm groups are lining up to lobby for passage of the 12-nation trade deal. 

"With the TPP facing headwinds in Congress, the agriculture groups are coming to lawmakers with a simple message: Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good," says a report in The Hill.

According to the story, "the trade deal is facing opposition in both parties, with Republicans stressing they won’t help pass the agreement until the White House resolves their concerns about several issues, especially the treatment of pharmaceuticals and tobacco. Democrats, meanwhile, are mostly against the pact, arguing it will lead to job losses and depressed wages."

USDA and many in the agriculture industry believe the TPP will bring new and expanded markets for agricultural markets. 

Read The Hill's story here.

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Dusty, KS
2/20/2016 08:16 AM

  Would be great if the producers actually mattered and seen an increase in revenue, packers run the show. Just wait till cold storage report again we will be told all about the 'cheap ' other meats and higher storage beef why not just ponder this if we are storing more beef, driving inputs down for packers increasing their revenue yet they are storing more beef??? But hold on too much beef and we are still importing 20k head a week from the south ??..... It's not about getting the top dollar for your cattle, packers are increasing number of imports to show false sense of storage that will lower prices more, we should stop importing till the fake supply equals the demand till think packers will bring loads over the keep their inputs low the more they can cold store the lower your calf is worth.

auburn, IN
2/19/2016 02:50 PM

  just like obama care, famous last words: lets just sign it and see whats it all about, remember NAFTA anyone????

Yellow springs, OH
2/23/2016 07:06 AM

  These are the things that make me question my "farm group" membership dues!


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