A delegation of American Farm Bureau Federation leaders is in Panama and Colombia to show support for pending U.S. trade agreements with each of the countries. The delegation is meeting with government representatives, U.S. embassy officials, agriculture leaders and producers in Panama and Colombia to reinforce AFBF's support for the FTAs. The trip coincides with the organization's efforts to enact the Panama, Colombia and Korea free trade agreements as quickly as possible.
Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman is leading the group. He says these agreements have languished for far too long and need to be passed as soon as possible. It's significant that we're able to demonstrate our support for these agreements face-to-face with Panamanian and Colombian agriculture leaders and producers.
Passing the Panama, Colombia and Korea trade deals this year is a priority for Farm Bureau. While the agreements sit in Washington awaiting passage, Farm Bureau says, U.S. farmers are losing market share to other countries. Passage of these agreements will restore U.S. competitiveness in these markets. The three agreements combined represent nearly $3 billion worth of additional agricultural exports.