Chuck Zimmerman

It looks like U. S. Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Johanns, will be getting right into the thick of the international trade debate. I was just alerted to a Monday press conference announcement by the National Association of Wheat Growers.

Agriculture Coalition for CAFTA-DR to Host Press Briefing and Teleconference

WHAT: Leaders of agriculture from around the nation will join Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns and others to advocate passage of the Free Trade Agreement with Central America and the Dominican Republic (CAFTA-DR). The agriculture leaders represent a broad coalition of more than 55 organizations strongly committed to passage of the agreement spanning the spectrum from meats, grains and specialty crops.

WHEN: 4:00 p.m. EST, Monday, April 11, 2005

WHO: Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns, Ambassador Allen F. Johnson, chief U.S. agriculture negotiator, J. B. Penn, under secretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services, Leaders of agriculture from around the nation

WHERE: Horizon Ballroom, Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.

WHY: The nations of CAFTA-DR represent the second largest market in Latin America for U.S. products. The agreement will provide nearly $1.5 billion in additional U.S. agricultural exports by the end of the full implementation period, creating tremendous export opportunities for U.S. farmers and agriculture as a whole.

For more information contact Tonya Kemp.

I’m sure we’ll be dialed into the conference phone feed and hope to have more information afterwards.