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Farm Bureau supports U.S. officials’ work at WTO Ministerial

Washington-Farmers and ranchers are backing U.S. trade officials' actions to achieve a strong agreement on export competition and set a new direction for agricultural trade negotiations at the World Trade Organization's 10th Ministerial Conference, according to Farm Bureau. 

"Eliminating trade-distorting export subsidies and achieving disciplines on the use of export credits will lower agricultural trade barriers and strengthen U.S. agriculture's ability to pursue market opportunities in international trade," American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman said in a statement. "The measures adopted on food aid also will support U.S. programs that continue to provide food assistance around the world. 

Farmers are looking forward to moving beyond the Doha Round and constructing a new pathway for negotiations by the WTO to advance a relevant agenda for agricultural trade in the 21st century, Stallman continued. He also noted Farm Bureau's strong appreciation for the work of United States Trade Representative Froman, Chief Agricultural Negotiator Vetter and the entire U.S. team for their efforts in reaching a positive outcome to the WTO Ministerial.

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