More than 50 farmers, ranchers and representatives of state agriculture associations were in Washington this week to broaden their knowledge about trade issues and drum up support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Capitol Hill as part of the National Corn Growers Association Trade School. Representing KyCorn was Executive Director, Laura Knoth.
"It is vital that we take time to study trade, the U.S. economy as well as current and potential demand," said Knoth. "Our competitors have negotiated regional and bilateral agreements that is a disadvantage to Americans in the global market. The Trans-Pacific Partnership will allow us to protect and expand our market share."
During the two days, trade school attendees learned from public and private sector experts about the importance of trade to the agriculture sector; the role of the World Trade Organization; global population and dietary trends and their implications for agriculture; the growing ethanol export market; and the current state of play for TPP and other international trade agreements.
With trade issues in the forefront right now, farmers were able to leave the week with knowledge and resources to be trade advocates in D.C. and in their own communities. Following trade school, many farmers and ranchers visited their congressional offices, urging Congress to take up TPP and pass the agreement this year.