“The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation looks forward to reviewing the details within the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) reached today. This trade agreement has been a long-sought priority of Farm Bureau because of its potential to open restricted markets for Wisconsin products and businesses around the Pacific Rim.
One of our highest priorities for the TPP has been significant access to foreign markets for Wisconsin dairy products, particularly in Canada and Japan. We will be extremely disappointed if the final agreement does not include such provisions.
The dairy component of the TPP has been a main topic of conversation with each visit Farm Bureau members have made to Wisconsin’s Congressional delegation and the U.S. Trade Negotiator in Washington, D.C.
We remain hopeful the details of this agreement will bring a more level playing field for Wisconsin’s farm families by reducing tariffs and removing non-science based barriers to trade. The TPP covers 15 foreign markets, some of which are expected to grow rapidly for years to come. Increased access leads to improved international opportunities for Wisconsin livestock and crop farmers.
After reviewing the details of the agreement, the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation will inform our members of Congress if this is an agreement that makes sense for Wisconsin agriculture.”