Kyodo News recently visited Global Farmer Network board member Tim Burrack at his family farm in Iowa. The news service from Japan wanted to get his view on some current trade issues – here is what he said:
Hard-hit by Trump’s trade battles, U.S. farmers hope for speedy fix
By Minyoung Park, KYODO NEWS – Jun 14, 2019
Arlington, Iowa – U.S. President Donald Trump’s policy of spurning international free trade frameworks in order to seek concessions in bilateral negotiations has punished American farmers in the short-term, leaving them at a disadvantage in export markets and eager for trade deals that could restore their competitiveness.
Tim Burrack, a farmer and pork producer in eastern Iowa, told Kyodo News his operations have suffered as a result of exclusion from the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, an 11-nation free trade pact that took effect in December after the original plans for a Trans-Pacific Partnership were shaken by an abrupt U.S. withdrawal…