National Farmers Union stood side by side with House and Senate Democrats and Republicans, as well as a wide array of business, trade, and labor organizations to oppose the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) Wednesday morning.

CAFTA, which poses a significant threat to family farmers and ranchers, is scheduled for a hearing in the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday. NFU joins this group of legislators and advocates which believes that CAFTA will work to the detriment of both consumers and producers.

"We've heard these promises of prosperity of trade agreements in the past," said National Farmers Union president Dave Frederickson. "For a variety of reasons they never seem to come true. I do not see what makes this one any different."

CAFTA, and the U.S. trade agenda as a whole, negotiates with countries that want increased access to U.S. markets rather than with countries interested in buying more U.S. agricultural products, such as Cuba. The variety of advocates that joined Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., and Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., agree with NFU that CAFTA fails on multiple fronts.

"This agreement also ignores major issues that distort fair trade such as labor, environmental regulations and currency," Frederickson added. National Farmers Union supports fair trade that benefits agricultural producers in all countries, but does not support CAFTA which trades away our agricultural markets for no visible returns to American farmers and ranchers.

Source: Association Release