Farm Groups Against TPP

Farm Groups Against TPP

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Many ag groups say the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is crucial for ag trade and our ag economy -- but not all farm groups agree.

This week, more than 160 farm, food, and faith groups sent a letter to congress asking it to reject the TPP and to stand up for independent farmers and ranchers.  The National Farmers Union is one of the groups claiming the main beneficiaries of the agreement are the companies that buy, process and ship raw ag commodities -- not the farmers who face real risks from rising import competition.

Read the complete letter here.

NFU President Roger Johnson says TPP imports will compete with U.S. farmers who currently face declining farm prices.  The groups say the agreement posses particular risks for cattle producers.  Last year, the U.S. imported nearly 2.3 billion pounds of beef from TPP partners - but only exported about 1.2 billion pounds. Those groups say the TPP will increase beef and cattle imports while U.S. cattle producers are dealing with plummeting domestic cattle prices.

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