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Urgent call for enhanced overseas trade in U.S. agriculture

Urgent call for enhanced overseas trade in U.S. agriculture

By Jamie Martin

Senator Joni Ernst is leading efforts to address pressing issues in U.S. agriculture, particularly concerning overseas trade. Ernst stresses the urgency of opening new international markets to counteract escalating trade deficits.

During a recent discussion on Agriculture of America (AOA), Ernst emphasized the critical role of foreign markets in determining commodity prices for American goods like corn, soybeans, beef, poultry, and pork. She expressed disappointment in the projected $30.5 billion agricultural trade deficit for fiscal year 2024.

Ernst criticizes what she perceives as a lack of action from key officials in the administration, including U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. She urges them to prioritize addressing trade barriers and facilitating access to new markets for American agricultural products.

The senator voices frustration over the apparent inertia in previous discussions on agricultural trade issues, citing minimal follow-up and a perceived lack of commitment to resolving trade deficits.

Ernst highlights a statement from Tai suggesting no new trade deals during the first administration, which raises concerns about the administration's approach to addressing trade imbalances in U.S. agriculture.

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