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Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding Mexico Joining the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 19, 2012 – “The American Farm Bureau Federation supports the addition of Mexico as a negotiating partner in the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. As a major U.S. trading partner, Mexico will bolster the reach of the TPP negotiations for U.S. agriculture.

“As the U.S.’s third-largest agricultural export market, with more than $17 billion in sales in 2011, Mexico is crucial to U.S. agriculture. Both our nations will benefit by having Mexico as a TPP partner and sharing in improved sanitary and phytosanitary standards for agricultural trade and expanded market access with TPP nations.

“It’s important that new entrants to the TPP recognize this is a comprehensive agreement and that individual sectors should not be excluded from the negotiation. Mexico’s efforts to address longstanding SPS issues regarding trade with the U.S. signals a willingness to participate in a comprehensive negotiation.”

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