(Posted Wed. Aug 10th, 2011)
Aug. 10: Today, Off the Cob spoke with National Corn Growers Association Director of Public Policy Sarah Gallo, who assists NCGA’s grower-led Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team, about the importance of free trade agreements to farmers and U.S. ag exports as a whole. In this interview, Gallo addressed pending FTAs with Colombia, Panama and Korea, as well as what farmers and their allies can do to promote passage over Congress’s August recess.
“Any free trade agreement, and particularly those currently pending, represents a market opportunity for corn growers,” said Gallo. “Free trade agreements reinforce our position as a reliable supplier and top producer and exporter of corn.”
Gallo went on to explain that the pending FTAs would better position the U.S. in potentially significant markets for ag products.
“As many know, the trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and Korea have been around for roughly four to five years. Unfortunately, Congress was unable to vote on any of these three agreements prior to adjourning for August recess,” said Gallo. “Hopefully, we will see votes on these key agreements when Congress returns from recess in September.”
Gallo concluded urging farmers and their allies to contact their legislators over recess asking them to support the FTAs upon their return to Washington.
To listen to the full interview, click here.