Ag Sees Action on Trade Policy

The Council works with partners around the world – including domestic and international grower organizations, industry groups and governments – to make progress on trade policies that will benefit farmers for decades to come.

Trade agreements hold the key to opening markets and resolving tariff and non-tariff barriers to allow the movement of coarse grains, co-products and other agricultural exports to where they are in demand.

After years of negotiations, trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries including the United States announced in October that they had struck a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement that aims to standardize trade rules across 40 percent of the world’s economy. The Council participated in the TPP negotiations on behalf of the U.S. feed grains industry and applauded their completion. As TPP moves forward, the Council will support its sister grower organizations in their efforts to make the case for TPP’s Congressional approval and implementation.

In 2015, the Council also engaged in the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) negotiations, focusing on the priority objectives of achieving market access and progress on biotechnology issues.

And even while the table was being set for future trade agreements, Council members reaped the benefits of already enacted FTAs, including:

  • Exports to Colombia, the third largest market for U.S. corn during the 2014/2015 marketing year, were up 23 percent in tonnage.

  • Exports to the CAFTA-DR countries, including five Central American countries and the Dominican Republic, combined made up the fifth largest market for U.S. corn, with sales up 19 percent from a year ago.

  • Exports to Korea made it the fourth largest market for U.S. corn; third largest for U.S. DDGS; and sixth largest for U.S. barley, all of which are permanently duty-free because of the FTA.