Two Ag Associations Speak Out Against Trade Deal

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Last year, foreign consumers purchased over one million metric tons of U.S. beef valued at more than $6 billion.

On Wednesday, National Cattleman's Beef Association President Bob McCan testified before the House Ways and Means committee on expanding ag trade and breaking down barriers to American exports.

McCan's comments that eliminating tariffs and non-tariff barriers to trade is a top priority for his industry, echoed a recent written testimony from the National Pork Producers Council to the House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee.

In it, NPPC Trade Committee Chair Randy Spronk argued that support from American pork producers for a final Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is conditioned on the elimination of all tariff and non-tariff barriers on pork in all TPP nations.

McCan says TPP has potential to open more opportunities for U.S. beef, but is limited by Japan. He asks for the U.S. Trade Representative to push the Japanese toward tariff elimination on beef.

Currently in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Japan refuses to address tariffs on both pork and beef, as well as rice, wheat, and dairy products.