House lawmakers form bipartisan Agriculture Caucus to tackle trade challenges

U.S. Reps. Adrian Smith, Dusty Johnson, Jim Costa, and Jimmy Panetta unite, forming a bipartisan Agriculture Caucus to promote market access and balance trade.

A group of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives has come together to establish an Agriculture Caucus aimed at addressing critical challenges in agricultural trade—a pressing concern as the USDA projects the largest agricultural trade deficit in over two decades for the upcoming year.

The group, comprised of Reps. Adrian Smith (R-NE), Dusty Johnson (R-SD), Jim Costa (D-CA), and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), aims to boost market access and level the playing field for agricultural trade.

One of the central objectives of the caucus is to increase market access for American agricultural products on a global scale. Facilitating trade and reducing barriers are vital steps in enhancing the competitiveness of American agriculture in international markets.

Another key focus of the Agriculture Caucus is to level the playing field in agricultural trade. This includes advocating for fair trade practices, reducing tariffs and non-tariff barriers, and promoting transparency in trade agreements. The caucus seeks to create an environment where American farmers can compete on equal footing with their global counterparts.

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