U.S. Agriculture Export Programs, Hearing Before the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, United States Senate, Subcommittee on Production and Price Competitiveness, One Hundred Sixth Congress, Second Session on U.S. Agriculture Export Programs, July 18, 2000   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the opening statement of Hon. Pat Roberts, U.S. Senator from Kansas: "Let me say that by creating jobs and providing very needed income to rural America, our U.S. agriculture exports will always be an integral part of a strong national economy. If you consider that 1 out of every 3-harvested-acres in America is exported, and over 25-percent of the Nation's farm income is generated by foreign trade, maintaining a strong and aggressive trade policy remains one of the Government's most vital roles for the farming community and for all of our citizens. I think everyone involved in American agriculture is interested not only in feeding the people of this country, but the malnourished and the hungry of the world, and establishing new markets and hopefully increasing America's agricultural market share. This hearing should help us examine the current trade programs and pinpoint our strengths, as well as areas that would need improvement, as we move into the development of the new farm bill. With international discussions underway to ensure free trade in the world marketplace, the United States has the weapons in its trade arsenal, if I could refer to it in that way, that effectively help farmers move commodity surpluses abroad, meet the international nutrition needs, and develop new markets without distorting a free trade atmosphere. That is a tall bill, but it is a bill that we hope that we can accomplish. In particular, food aid and credit guarantee programs remain a cornerstone of our agricultural trade policy. Unfortunately, these programs have unfairly been subject to substantial scrutiny in the international arena. We need to fight to preserve these programs. At the same time, we must make every effort to ensure these programs do not displace any commercial sales that would otherwise take place. As other countries continue to use their export subsidies and other very questionable trading practices, it is especially important that the United States effectively utilize the tools at our disposal, while working to achieve the ultimate goal of free trade." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Pat Roberts, J. Robert Kerrey, Timothy J. Galvin, Hugh Parmer, Roger Viadero, John Cavanaugh, Mare Curtis, Bill Griffith, Bruce Hamnes, Ellen Levinson, Otis H. Molz, Roger Pine.

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