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It's frustrating to see the administration hoist the export flag, setting the goal of doubling U.S. exports in five years (which has never happened before) while congress sits on their respective... hands when it comes to critical free trade agreements ready to sign.

A National Pork Producers Council release noted, "Just this week, an ad hoc coalition of agricultural and food organizations urged members of Congress to work with the Obama administration to remove any remaining impediments to a 'rapid implementation' of the free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.

The 42 groups that signed on to the letter pointed out that other countries are moving forward with FTAs with Colombia, Panama and South Korea to the detriment of the United States. Canada and Colombia, for example, recently approved a trade deal that gives duty-free access to a host of Canadian products going into the South American nation.
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NPPC Past President Don Butler recently discussed the free trade agreement issues with me. In addition, Iowa State's Dermot Hayes provides the detail on the industry potential when these free trade agreements are in place.

Maybe the delay speaks to political interest in talking about creating jobs versus really creating jobs.

BTW - a very nice comment from a young producer this week on our conversation with Don Tyler.

Great to see many of you at recent meetings. Don't forget to put the Leman conference on your calendar for Sept 19-21. And we'll be talking soon!

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  • Agriculture Uses Contests To Create Engagement - Creating media is a fun way to bring people together and share ideas about a cause or an idea. This summer there are several agriculture focused media creation contests being run.
  • Summer Farming Stress - AgChat conversation on summer farming stress and thoughts on approaches to caring for animals and staff.
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