Ambassador Darci Vetter, chief agricultural negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative told the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) annual convention on Sunday that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “is one of the largest, and the highest standard, trade deals in history.” Vetter outlined the benefits TPP offers for U.S. agriculture and urged farmers and ranchers to familiarize themselves with the facts about the agreement available on the USTR website in easy to understand infographic formats that show benefits by state and commodity. Vetter said the TPP shows other countries how global trade can be done on a level playing field. “We are exporting our way of doing business,” she said.
USMEF held its annual AFBF convention luncheon — sponsored by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation — for state farm bureau USMEF members and prospective members. USMEF Assistant Vice President, Industry Relations John Hinners and executive committee member Wanda Blair both spoke at the lunch. Hinners said USMEF was excited to work in partnership with the AFBF and state farm bureaus and underlined the increasing importance of exports for U.S. beef, pork and lamb producers.
“The American Farm Bureau Federation and state farm bureaus around the country are among USMEF’s most loyal supporters,” said Hinners. “Enthusiastic support from members like them has allowed USMEF to play a leading role in promoting our exports around the globe.”