Coalition Stresses Importance of Trade for Agriculture

The Ag Trade Coalition has issued a statement on the “Importance of Trade for U.S. Agriculture” to underscore the positive contributions from trade and its importance to the economic recovery and food security of the United States.

The coalition, which includes AFBF, noted that exports are essential to the prosperity of U.S. food and agriculture. About 25 percent of the total volume of U.S. farm production is exported, with many commodities having a much higher dependence on trade. U.S. food and agricultural exports are directly tied to jobs here at home and create economic opportunities for American farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses.

The coalition applauded discussions being held this week between President Barack Obama and his Asian counterparts concerning the need for global economic growth. The group urged support for closer economic integration between nations through trade.

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