(Posted Mon. Oct 5th, 2015)
The following is a statement from National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling, a farmer from Newburg, Maryland, regarding today’s announcement about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
“NCGA is pleased that an agreement has been reached in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. We are hopeful that this agreement continues the tradition of past free trade agreements, which have had a positive impact for America’s farmers and ranchers. In the coming weeks, we will carefully examine the agreement to determine whether it is in the best interests of America’s corn farmers. The Asia-Pacific region represents 40 percent of the world’s economy, a huge opportunity for American agriculture. The United States Trade Representative has promised a high-standard, comprehensive, and meaningful trade agreement. When the full text of the agreement is released, we will review it to ensure this is the case. NCGA is committed to fair and open trade policies that give farmers greater access to markets and level the global playing field.”