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AFBF Delegation in Panama, Colombia to Support FTAs

by 5m Editor
4 April 2011, at 11:59am

PANAMA & COLOMBIA - A delegation of American Farm Bureau Federation leaders is in Panama and Colombia this week to show support for pending US trade agreements with each of the countries.

The trip coincides with the organization’s efforts to enact the Panama, Colombia and Korea free trade agreements as quickly as possible.

“These agreements have languished for far too long and need to be passed as soon as possible,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman, who is leading the group of Farm Bureau leaders. “It’s significant that we’re able to demonstrate our support for these agreements face-to-face with Panamanian and Colombian agriculture leaders and producers.”

The delegation is meeting with government representatives, US embassy officials, agriculture leaders and producers in Panama and Colombia to reinforce AFBF’s support for the FTAs.

Passing the Panama, Colombia and Korea trade deals this year is a priority for Farm Bureau. While the agreements sit in Washington awaiting passage, US farmers are losing market share to other countries. Passage of these agreements will restore US competitiveness in these markets.

Further, the three agreements combined represent nearly $3 billion dollars worth of additional agricultural exports.

“Passing the Panama, Colombia and Korea free trade agreements as soon as possible is vital to US agriculture’s competitiveness in the global market,” said Mr Stallman. “We have left these agreements sitting on the table for far too long. The administration should immediately send the agreements to Congress to take immediate action.”