Organizations in the agriculture industry weighed in on the Senate's final passage of TPA. It passed Wednesday in the Senate and now heads to President Obama to be signed.
National Pork Producers Council
“We applaud Congress for approving TPA, which is imperative for finalizing free trade agreements that boost U.S. exports and create U.S. jobs,” said NPPC President Dr. Ron Prestage, a veterinarian and pork producer from Camden, S.C. “Now we need U.S. trade negotiators to get the best deal possible from the other TPP countries and to finalize one of the most significant regional trade agreements ever.”
“U.S. trade negotiators now have the leverage they need to close the TPP negotiations,” Prestage said. “The U.S. pork industry needs TPP to continue growing our exports.”
National Cattlemen's Beef Association
“NCBA appreciates the support of the Senate on final passage of Trade Promotion Authority, a fundamental step to securing future free-trade deals that will allow beef producers greater access to foreign markets. Cattlemen and women have seen tremendous value in trade, exporting over $7.1 billion worth of U.S. beef in 2014, which alone accounts for over $350 in added value per head of cattle in the United States. This value is not just from increased demand, but also from adding value to variety meats that have very limited value here at home. As the demand for U.S. beef continues to grow around the world, the future success of the beef industry rests in our ability to meet foreign demand without inference of tariff and non-tariff trade barriers. With TPA passed, the U.S. can focus on finalizing trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership that will give us greater access to consumers throughout the Pacific Rim.”
National Milk Producers Federation & the U.S. Dairy Export Council
The U.S. dairy industry has been a strong advocate for TPA,” said NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern. “In turn, we have seen a broad level of support for TPA from many members of Congress in dairy districts and states. TPA now must be used by our negotiators to conclude a positive outcome for U.S. dairy producers in TPP so that we are able to realize the net trade benefits that a strong agreement could offer to the industry.”
USDEC President Tom Suber added, “To remain competitive globally, our sector needs trade agreements that maximize our export opportunities across the wide range of dairy products produced in the United States. We are confident that TPA will help the United States effectively pursue that path and expect our trade negotiators to insist on nothing less than balanced agreements with positive results for our industry.”
National Chicken Council
“NCC applauds the Senate for action and we look forward to the president signing TPA into law. Our negotiators now have better tools to speak as a unified voice and to make sure the interests of U.S. chicken producers are on the table and considered in any trade package moving forward,” said National Chicken Council President Mike Brown.
American Farm Bureau Federation
“The Senate’s bipartisan passage of Trade Promotion Authority today sends a strong signal to foreign governments that we mean business at the bargaining table and are ready to complete new agreements that will break down trade barriers and open new markets from Asia to Europe. The American Farm Bureau applauds the Senate for moving this important trade legislation forward.
“We thank Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) for their leadership on the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for his leadership and commitment to moving trade forward.
“American farmers and ranchers lead the world in exporting food, fiber and energy products to customers near and far. But if this success story is going to continue, we must expand access to new markets across the globe.”
National Corn Growers Association & the U.S. Grains Council
“Today is a huge victory for America’s corn farmers and the entire agricultural industry,” said Chip Bowling, a Maryland farmer and president of NCGA. “Ag exports are a major driver of the U.S. economy, supporting more than one million jobs. With greater market access, American farmers and ranchers can do even more. Thank you to both the Senate and the House of Representatives for passing Trade Promotion Authority. We look forward to a quick signature by the President.”
“With major trade negotiations underway in the Asia-Pacific region and Europe, today’s vote could not have come at a better time. The U.S. is back in the driver’s seat, negotiating the best possible deal for American farmers and livestock producers in these and other future trade agreements,” said Bowling.
“We know TPA is critical to concluding trade agreements with Pacific Rim countries, the European Union and in other markets that represent demand for our grain over the next generation,” said Ron Gray, an Illinois farmer and chairman of the U.S. Grains Council, the corn industry’s overseas market development organization. “Trade policy that works for agriculture sets the rules of the road for our efforts around the globe. We are excited to work with negotiators to conclude these agreements and with buyers to increase their use of our products.”
American Soybean Association
“Today, the Senate voted to bring the U.S. back to the international bargaining table,” said ASA President and Texas soybean farmer Wade Cowan. “With negotiators fully equipped and empowered, we no longer have to miss out on the global network of trading partnerships that continues to grow, even in our absence.”
“Most immediately, the Senate’s vote puts us back on track in terms of finalizing a Trans-Pacific Partnership that includes vital export markets for U.S. soybeans and meats, as well as the developing markets that grow in their demand for American soy every day,” Cowan said. “We can now move to enact a high-standard TPP that further opens valuable markets and doesn’t put our farmers at a disadvantage.”
“The U.S. exports roughly 60 percent of the soybeans we grow. That investment in overseas markets creates demand here at home, and translates to real dollars for farmers and rural communities,” Cowan said. “Plus, for the nation as a whole, trade both creates and sustains jobs. Every billion dollars in U.S. agricultural exports supports almost 7,000 American jobs. An administration equipped with TPA is better able to represent this essential component of our economy at the bargaining table, and the Senate deserves a big ‘thank you’ for helping to make it happen.”