BRUNNER SAYS TPP WILL SUPPORT FUTURE
GENERATIONS OF BEEF PRODUCERS
NCBA President Tracy Brunner told those attending the August 18 KLA/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day near Junction City that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the “trade opportunity of today” for the beef industry. If approved by Congress, TPP would reduce tariffs on U.S. beef exported to Japan from 38.5% today to 9% over 16 years. This would level the playing field with Australian producers, who currently enjoy an advantage of 10 percentage points over the U.S. on beef exports to Japan.
“It will lay the groundwork for demand that will support the next generation of beef producers,” Brunner told the 185 ranchers attending the event on the Moyer Ranch.
Brunner, who feeds cattle and ranches near Ramona, said passage of TPP is the top priority for NCBA. He believes there will be an opportunity for a vote in Congress before the end of the year, despite election year politics complicating the prospects for passage.
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