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‘No time to waste on approving TPP’

U.S. negotiators spent years drafting a new free trade agreement between the U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim countries, and Obama administration officials are now working hard to push it over the final hurdle.

The final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement has been released, and studies are being conducted to determine its full impact, according to Michael Scuse, USDA’s undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services.

Scuse says farmers need Congress to approve the agreement as quickly as possible because “every day it’s delayed means another day that our competitors are taking advantage of trade agreements they have with others."

Scuse made the TPP the focus of his luncheon speech at the opening day of the National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference, which was held in Memphis, Tenn., Jan. 13 and 14.

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