Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) is leading efforts to urge the Obama Administration to push for full market access for U.S. agriculture products in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks.
"As President Obama visits with Prime Minister Abe of Japan, I call on him to stand behind American agriculture producers by asking for a level playing field for market access in the TPP agreement."
Hartzler and more than 60 of her House colleagues have sent a letter to the Administration, asking it to push Japan to eliminate tariff and non-tariff trade barriers for agriculture products.
"Our letter outlines the concerns our producers have with Japan's demand for special treatment for its agricultural sector in the trade talks," said Hartzler. "The fact is Japan has not made a comprehensive offer on market access for agricultural goods and we are encouraging the Administration to continue efforts to utilize the TPP agreement to expand access for agriculture commodities."
"We commend previous efforts to expand market access with Japan, including completion of a revised export for certain agricultural products last year," states the letter. "We now seek assurances from you that the U.S. will not close TPP negotiations with Japan's participation unless Japan has agreed to eliminate tariff and non-tariff trade barriers to agriculture."
"This presents a great opportunity for the President to affirm our need for increased market access and encourage Japan to live up to the promise it made in anticipation of joining the TPP talks," continued Hartzler. "I hope he uses this unique opportunity to stand strong for us."
"As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I am committed to continuing to work toward improved access to foreign markets for U.S. agricultural products," Hartzler said.
The letter is endorsed in Missouri by the Missouri Corn Growers, Missouri Cattlemen, Missouri Pork Association, and Missouri Farm Bureau. Nationally, it has the support of the National Pork Producers Council, American Meat Institute, National Chicken Council, American Farm Bureau Federation, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, U.S. Wheat Associates, National Oilseed Processors Association, American Soybean Association, and the National Corn Growers Association.