NCGA, others push for free trade agreements


At a news conference Tuesday in Washington, the National Corn Growers Association and several other organizations representing family farmers and ranchers urged Congress to pass the pending free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama. Failure to pass the FTAs will place U.S. producers at a competitive disadvantage and impede the growth of agricultural exports, one of the few areas in which the United States enjoys a trade surplus.

Garry Niemeyer, a corn grower from Auburn, Ill., represented NCGA at the event. He currently serves as the organization’s first vice-president.

“U.S. corn producers stand ready to develop and provide corn products to meet the demands of modern global consumption,” Niemeyer said. “I urge Congress to work swiftly to pass the pending Free Trade Agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama.”

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NCGA was joined by five agricultural organizations in the afternoon news conference, hosted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Other organizations included the American Farm Bureau Federation, the American Soybean Association, the National Association of Wheat Growers and the National Pork Producers Council.

Today, Niemeyer will again represent NCGA as he testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on the pending Free Trade Agreement with Panama.

Source: National Corn Growers Association