The Washington, D.C.-based Corn Refiners Association (CRA) supports a plan recently unveiled by federal agencies to address the threat posed by increased foreign imports to American producers of seasonal and perishable fruits and vegetables.
Hearings conducted in August included testimony from more than 60 witnesses led to the drafting of a report by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Commerce. In his statement, CRA President and CEO John Bode addressed current market conditions American farmers are experiencing and applauded efforts in identifying solutions for the food supply chain industry.
“We appreciate the consideration of the Office of the United States Trade Representative, Department of Commerce, and U.S. Department of Agriculture trade leaders in considering the testimony of all witnesses at the recent seasonal produce hearings,” says CRA President and CEO John Bode. “They are to be commended for their commitment to investigate the trade allegations raised by Southeast farmers of seasonal and perishable fruits and vegetables who are experiencing very difficult times.”
“This announcement by United States government agencies outlining rigorous trade compliance and trade enhancing activities are in the best interest of all of American agriculture and American consumers,” he concluded.