Soy Growers Urge Froman Vilsack to Resolve TTIP Issues

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and other ag organizations expressed concerns with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations and urged critical issues be addressed in a letter this week to U.S. Trade Ambassador Michael Froman and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.“We understand the administration intends to make an all-out effort in the coming months to conclude a deal before the end of the year. While we have no objection in principle to such a push, we do not want the outcome to come at the expense of resolving the toughest EU market access issues for U.S. food and agriculture,” the letter states. “We are concerned that in other trade agreements the EU has been successful in exempting sensitive agricultural sectors and regulatory barriers from meaningful liberalization. We believe the EU intends the same for TTIP.”The groups state they cannot support this outcome and the issues must be addressed now.last_img read more