NPPC Urges USTR to Prioritize Aggressive Trade Agenda

In a collective effort led by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), 30 agricultural organizations have called upon the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to reaffirm its commitment to a robust trade agenda, emphasizing the importance of holding trading partners accountable and strengthening enforcement mechanisms for existing agreements.

In a letter addressed to USTR’s Katherine Tai, these organizations urged proactive engagement on trade policies to enhance the global competitiveness of American agriculture. Highlighting the foundational role of U.S. agriculture in the economy, they emphasized its significant contribution to job creation, wage growth, and overall economic output.

Despite the substantial economic impact of U.S. agriculture, concerns have been raised regarding the trade deficit in the agricultural sector. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported a trade deficit of $16.6 billion for fiscal year 2023, marking only the fourth occurrence of a deficit in the past 55 years. Projections indicate a widening deficit for fiscal year 2024, underscoring the urgency of addressing trade imbalances.

NPPC has been at the forefront of advocating for expanded market access for U.S. pork through comprehensive trade agreements aimed at eliminating trade barriers. The organization emphasizes the importance of enforcing international trade rules and ensuring compliance with trade commitments by U.S. trading partners.

For producers, a robust trade agenda is essential for sustaining agricultural exports, which play a vital role in bolstering farm incomes and supporting the overall economy. The U.S. pork industry, in particular, relies heavily on exports to enhance producers’ profitability. Last year’s record-breaking pork exports, totaling $8.16 billion, significantly contributed to producers’ bottom line, underscoring the critical importance of prioritizing trade initiatives for the agricultural sector’s continued success.