Tenint en compte l'experiència única GFN membre de la Junta Terry Wanzek tingut recentment amb visitar casa blanca funcionaris per discutir qüestions comercials actuals, té sentit ampliar tant com sigui possible en els seus pensaments, which reflect many other US farmers and ramaders. (See his columna from June 28, 2018 i el sol de juny Jamestown 16, 2018 – Wanzek meets with White House officials on trade.) Any feedback or thoughts you’d like to make? Please feel free to share in the comments.

 

Pregunta: The dictionary defines trade as both a “noun” and a “verb” – both definitions describe the action of selling goods and services. How important is trade – and the ability to access markets – to your farm?

Resposta: Extremely important. Most every crop we grow depends on exports in their respective markets. Pinto beans that we grow, per exemple, have anywhere from 30% a 60% exported some years. Take hard red spring wheat also, aproximadament 50% of our production depends on export customers. While domestic consumption is important, we produce more than is needed for our own use. We are efficient producers and the world can benefit by our competitively priced production as well as our own country. We are efficient, productive and competitive producers of food in the USA. We benefit by having access to world markets as well as the world benefits from the availability of relatively cheap food and fiber. Openly free and fair trade allows resources to flow to the most efficient use where it makes the most sense to produce.

Pregunta: Quan parlem de comerç, emphasis is often placed on the ability per vendre productes i serveis (exportacions). Comerç també cobreix què comprem. How important is the ability to purchase goods and services for your farm (importacions)? Per exemple, Quins són alguns elements que vostè compra que són necessaris per a la seva operació de l'agricultura a ser rendible?

Resposta: As I stated in the previous question, free and fair trade allows natural resources to be utilized in the most efficient manner where it makes the most sense to produce. When it works in a perfect environment, you are getting the best bang for the buck. Take steel for instance, we depend heavily on new high-tech farm equipment to operate. When we see tariffs or any other trade distorting measures on steel, we increase the cost of this equipment. We pay more for our farm equipment than we would otherwise without trade impediments.

Pregunta: En la seva opinió, how important is NAFTA to your farm? To North Dakota? To the United States?

Resposta: Una altra vegada, NAFTA is extremely important. As I stated in earlier, our exports of edible beans, mainly our Pinto bean market is dependent on export sales for 30% a 60% of our production in some years. We seem to do best with our pinto production when Mexico is in the market buying pinto beans. També, as a spring wheat producer and corn producer we depend heavily on the Mexican market. For all of the US wheat producers Mexico is one of our top wheat markets. The Mexican wheat market is crucial to all US Wheat producers.

Pregunta: Quin tipus d'infraestructura és necessària per moure's eficientment productes dins i fora de l'operació de l'agricultura?

Resposta: Probably the most important infrastructure is our market to market road system. The first few miles of travel for most any commodity produced in the USA is on a township or county road. These road arteries, for most any commodity that we farmers produce, are crucial to effectively and efficiently getting grain to the larger grain terminals that are on a railway or water or seaway. While all these larger obvious infrastructure needs are important, we tend to overlook the more remote transportation infrastructure needs, not realizing how important they are in costs of production and helping our farmers be competitive in a global market.

Pregunta: En una o dues frases, Quin missatge voleu enviar negociadors de comerç en relació amb la importància i impacte en el seu conjunt i la comunitat?

Resposta: I want them to simply realize that trade is a significant part of our economic sustainability in rural America. Com a mínim 30% or more of our customers are currently outside of the USA. How many businesses do you know that could take a hit on losing 30% of their customer base. We are some of the most productive, efficient and competitive producers in the world. We need access to the world market. We need fair and reasonable and as free as possible trade. We can compete in a true free market environment!