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Letter sent to President asking for serious trade negotiations
South Dakota Ag Connection - June 4, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC - Eighteen U.S. farm organizations sent a letter to President Trump last week expressing hope that he will "prioritize negotiations with China to resolve many longstanding obstacles to U.S. agricultural exports while avoiding mutually destructive tariffs."

The organizations agree that there are certainly major problems in the U.S. trade relationship with China, and they stated that the Trump Administration has "rightfully identified many unfair trading practices by China that harm the U.S. economy."

The groups want to see a "major recalibration of our trade relationship with China" that would result in U.S. producers "receiving the full benefits of China's accession to the World Trade Organization."

Instead of seeing tariffs imposed, the groups support "establishing normal commercial relations with China based on predictability, transparency, and market openness."

These organizations hope that there will be serious, productive, substantive negotiations that will result in "durable market access" for U.S. producers and "policymaking transparency" by Chinese authorities.

"The reputation of U.S. agriculture as a reliable supplier to the world is critical to the future of the industry," the groups wrote. "We strongly encourage negotiations leading to open and predictable trade, particularly in cooperation with other countries in the region that share our concerns about China's mercantilist policies."

The following organizations signed the letter to President Trump: American Farm Bureau Federation,
American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Barley Growers Association
National Corn Growers Association, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Sorghum Producers
National Sunflower Association, United Fresh Produce Association, U.S. Canola Association, U.S. Dry Bean Council, U.S. Grains Council, U.S. Soybean Export Council, U.S. Wheat Associates, USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council, USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, USA Rice Federation Western Growers.


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