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January 9, 2017

Farm Groups Remind Trump of Trade Benefits to Agriculture

 |  By: Mike Opperman

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) joined fifteen other farm organizations in a letter sent last week to President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Michael Pence highlighting the importance of trade to America’s farmers.

The letter stated “We know that securing positive benefits for American farmers, ranchers and workers in trade will be a priority in your Administration. This includes enforcing existing agreements so that other countries abide by their commitments, as well as expanding market access for U.S. producers through new agreements. As the Trump Administration assembles its team and policies, U.S. agricultural trade interests must be maintained, not only in existing markets but by expanding access to new markets,” wrote the 16 groups.

“The health of U.S. agriculture depends on our ability to sell our products outside of the United States,” says Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation. “The growth of America’s dairy sector is directly tied to our ability to export. We have a positive trade balance in agriculture, and don’t want to see those hard-earned export markets erode.”

The U.S. dairy sector exports 14 percent of its milk production which was worth more than $5 billion last year and generated more than 120,000 jobs in dairy farming, manufacturing and related sectors. Mulhern says “any disruption in exports of dairy and other food products would have devastating consequences for our farmers, and the many American processing and transportation industries and workers supported by these exports.”