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

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 21, 2012 – “The American Farm Bureau Federation supports the addition of Canada as a negotiating partner in the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. As a major U.S. trading partner, Canada will bolster the reach of the TPP negotiations for U.S. agriculture.

“As the second-largest U.S. agricultural export market, with more than $18 billion in sales in 2011, Canada is crucial to U.S. agriculture. Both our nations will benefit from Canada being a TPP partner, and through 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. Both Canada and Mexico being invited to join the TPP provides opportunity to strengthen trade relationships, address remaining barriers and improve the competitiveness of the North American market.”

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