Recently, AgriGrowth and many of our member organizations had the opportunity to discuss solutions to challenges on trade, supply chains and global competitiveness at a virtual AgTalks Town Hall webinar. With FarmFest going virtual this year, the town hall allowed farmers and agribusiness to share their views.
Members AgCountry Farm Credit Services, Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI), Cargill, CHS, and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association joined the webinar to share their organizations' unique experiences with non-U.S. trade agreements with key customers, the trade war and the failure of supply chains strained by COVID-19. These unique experiences lent diversified opinions on the state of U.S. trade.
Over 95 percent of the world’s population does not live in the United States. With limited ability to export, the agricultural industry is less efficient when it comes to doing what it does best; feeding people. Another consequence of limited overseas trade is that job growth is stifled. Conversations like this not only serve to help us better understand trade, but to also see the opportunities we have when trade is facilitated.
For AgriGrowth, it is key that local, regional and national agricultural organizations are able to overcome disruptions or inefficiencies in the agricultural industry so they can continue to put food on our shelves and tables. By working together to find solutions to these problems, we know the future of American agriculture is bright.
AgTalks was formed in conjunction by AgriGrowth, the Corn Refiners Association, Farmers for Free Trade, the Iowa Soybeans Association, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), the National Corn Growers Association, the National Milk Producers Federation and the Plant Based Products Council.
Did you miss the event? Watch a recording of the town hall here.