Source: USDA, NCGA and ASA

The Obama Administration is pursuing an ambitious trade agenda with Colombia to help the U.S. economy grow and support more and better jobs for American workers. At the same time, the President has made clear that U.S. trade agreements must be consistent with the country's core values and interests, including effectively protecting workers' rights, and enable American workers and businesses to compete on a level playing field. To achieve these twin objectives, the country's trading partners must meet basic labor standards and protect basic labor rights, which has previously stalled the forward movement of this legislation.

The U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement ("the Agreement") includes strong protections for workers' rights, based on the May 10, 2007 bipartisan Congressional-Executive agreement to incorporate high labor standards into America's trade agreements. In addition, President Obama insisted that a number of serious and immediate labor concerns be addressed before he would be willing to send the Agreement to Congress.

The National Corn Growers Association commended the progress made on resolving outstanding issues with the Colombia Free Trade Agreement that will now allow Congress to move forward with consideration. The Colombia FTA would provide immediate access for U.S. corn growers to Colombia's roughly 2.1 million metric ton market for corn at zero percent duty.

The American Soybean Association (ASA) also expressed appreciation to President Barack Obama and his team of negotiators who successfully completed an Action Plan to resolve the issues that have held up the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA). ASA leaders now call for the administration to work closely with the Colombian government to ensure swift submission and Congressional approval of the implementing legislation for the agreement.

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Read NCGA statement 

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