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Iowa Ag Connection - 04/13/2018

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds met with President Donald Trump and other governors and congressional leaders on Thursday to discuss issues impacting the agricultural community, including trade.

Reynolds was one of three governors in the White House meeting, joining Nebraska Gov. Pete Rickkets and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow and about a dozen members of Congress including Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee's agriculture subcommittee, and Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Afterward, the governor issued the following statement:

"I want to thank the president for a productive meeting on agriculture and trade. He understands that for our farmers to be successful, we need to grow - not contract - our markets.

"In addition to discussing trade with China, we emphasized the importance of finalizing NAFTA negotiations, expanding the use of E15 year-round and reconsidering the TPP.

"The president listened to our concerns, said that he is determined to resolve the dispute with China, said that he intends to expand E15 and ordered his top advisors to study the possibility of reentering the TPP.

"I appreciate the opportunity to meet with the president, as well as his administration's continued commitment to partner with states and listen to their concerns."

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