Passage of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is one of the top priorities for soybean growers and now they are hoping it will get passed by Congress, regardless of who is elected president in November.
“It’s unfortunate that this important landmark piece of trade has become politicized in the general election campaign,” said American Soybean Association (ASA) president Richard Wilkins of Delaware (right) during an interview at Farm Progress Show last week. “It’s a shame but we’re going to continue to keep our shoulders in the yoke and hope that we can convince the majority of the folks on the Hill that this is important to get done before the end of the year.”
ASA Vice President Ron Moore of Illinois says they are pleased with passage by Congress of the GMO disclosure bill and look forward to implementation. “It passed with an overwhelmingly majority in the House so that’s a big win,” said Moore. “But now the crucial part comes where we have to work with the USDA to make sure the regulations they write mirror the intentions of Congress.”
Wilkins and Moore also talk about what they would like to see in a new farm bill here: Interview with ASA Officers Richard Wilkins and Ron Moore