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U.S. Growers Criticize Doha "Challenge Paper"

Commodity groups stress importance of market access that benefits U.S. producers.

Crop growers' groups told U. S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab that the recent "Challenge paper" by Doha Round Agriculture Negotiations Committee Chairman Ambassador Falconer was not a step forward in negotiations.
NCGA, joined by the other commodity organizations, sent a letter last week to the USTR expressing continued support for U.S. negotiators to maintain their strong opposition to outcomes or unacceptable agreements that would not yield the type of market access that provides enough benefit to American producers.
"NCGA strongly supports the World Trade Organization Doha Round.  However, our goal remains the same," says NCGA's Chairman of the Joint Trade Policy A-Team Bob Bowman. "The round must result in an important net gain for American farmers and ranchers.  At this time, we continue to support the current U.S. offer. "
The United States put forward in October 2005 a proposal that would cut 60% in amber box, a substantial cut in the U.S. farm programs. The proposal is fully conditioned on achieving the U.S. proposal to increase market access for farmers and ranchers.

Bowman says the trade negotiations must result in improved market access to developing countries to better allow U.S. corn to stay competitive in light of increasing world corn production.

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