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Soybean farmers happy about agriculture being included in EU trade talks

• Jan 14, 2019 at 8:00 AM

EDITOR’S NOTE: The American Soybean Association released the following statement Saturday:

As the U.S. begins prepping for trade negotiations with the European Union (EU), the Trump Administration is demanding agriculture be on the table.

U.S. law requires the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to publish objectives 30 days prior to negotiations.

On Friday, the administration included in its negotiating objectives a set of ag-related demands, which has been in question due to the European Union’s reluctance to discuss agriculture.

American Soybean Association (ASA) President Davie Stephens, a soybean grower from Clinton, Ky., said the soy industry appreciates the Administration’s strong move Friday afternoon.

“ASA appreciates USTR and the Administration’s commitment to keeping agriculture in these negotiations at a time when soybean growers are looking for long-term solutions to bounce back from a prolonged period of instability,” Stephens said.

The ASA represents U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international policy issues important to the soybean industry. ASA has 26 affiliated state associations representing 30 soybean producing states and more than 300,000 soybean farmers.

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