Through groups like the National Corn Growers Association and the American Farm Bureau, thousands of farmers are asking Congress to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement quickly. NCGA says more than 6,000 farmers have written letters to Congress urging passage of the agreement this year. NCGA is delivering those letters to lawmakers this week. Meanwhile, Farm Bureau joined the National Association of Manufacturers and others Wednesday in a letter to Congress asking lawmakers the same. The Farm Bureau letter told lawmakers “the status quo is not acceptable,” in calling for passage. NCGA President Chip Bowling stated to Congress: “Pass TPP and give America’s farmers and ranchers a chance to compete for the world’s business.” The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement represents 40 percent of the global economy and one of the fastest-growing regions in the world. President Barack Obama signed the TPP agreement earlier this year, but it now must be approved by Congress.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service.
To date, 6,325 corn farmers from across the country have written letters to Members of Congress, urging them to take up and pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement in 2016. The National Corn Growers Association will be delivering them to Capitol Hill starting today.
“America’s farmers and ranchers need Congress to step up and pass TPP now,” said Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association and a farmer from Newburg, Maryland. “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 is a trade agreement between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim countries, representing 40 percent of the global economy and one of the fastest-growing regions in the world. President Obama signed the TPP agreement earlier this year, but it now must be voted on by Congress.
“Trade is good for America, especially our farm economy,” said Bowling. “On behalf of all corn farmers across America, we urge Congress to act now. Pass TPP and give America’s farmers and ranchers a chance to compete for the world’s business.”