Farm Bureau Cautiously Hopeful as TTIP Talks Launched

American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman says the launch of comprehensive trade negotiations between the U.S. and the European Union holds the promise of expanded market access and an improved, science-based regulatory approach for agriculture and food. But to achieve a worthwhile agreement for U.S. agriculture - Stallman says a constant commitment to removing barriers to agricultural trade is necessary. He says the misuse of sanitary and phytosanitary standards - including restrictions on genetically engineered crops - has long been a tactic to impede trade. Stallman says Farm Bureau will look to these negotiations to move past this trade distorting tactic and fully embrace a rules-based trading system with standards based on scientific assessment.

According to Stallman - farmers and ranchers have been frustrated over the seemingly endless array of non-tariff barriers Europe applies to many of our agricultural commodities and products. He says Farm Bureau expects the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership to be a high-standard, comprehensive agreement that covers all significant barriers to U.S. and EU agricultural trade - and is cautiously hopeful the negotiations will yield positive results for U.S. agriculture.

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