Congress wanting more action on trade

by | Apr 19, 2024 | 5 Ag Stories, News

Trade is a topic of much discussion in agriculture. Our industry thrives on what we send overseas, and other countries depend on our goods that help to feed the world. However, the economic situation around the globe, and especially here at home, has made for some hurdles in getting more sales, because we are higher priced than our competitors in the market. This means that we must offset this by trade deals, negotiations, and trade policy. That is why farmers and ranchers are asking their representation in Congress to lean on the Biden Administration for a more aggressive trade agenda.

Recently the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee held hearings about the President’s trade agenda. It is nothing out of the ordinary. Presidents are required to put a plan before these committees. Dave Salmonsen with the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) talks about the hearings on the hill.

While a lot of the bickering and fighting in the halls of Congress seem to split amongst party lines, Salmonsen says that concerns over the Biden Administration’s lack of trade direction has members of both parties concerned with the future of trade for the United States.

Salmonsen says that the representatives on both sides of the aisle have heard the concerns of farmers, ranchers, and other industries about the lackadaisical trade platform that the President seems to have adopted, and the AFBF is helping voice those concerns as well.

You can learn more about what the Farm Bureau is talking about, concerning trade, by going to