Today the Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) is pleased the U.S. Senate passed Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to keep U.S. trade negotiations in Europe and around the Pacific moving forward.
TPA, which defines U.S. negotiating terms and sets requirements for the president to follow during the negotiating process, has been requested by countries involved with Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). President Barack Obama has said he would sign TPA legislation to complete trade negotiations.
“Without TPA paving the way for international trade negotiations, Illinois agriculture would not be as successful,” said Mike Levin, director of issues management and analysis for ISG. “About 40 Illinois companies employ people who sell and transport Illinois soybeans overseas, creating important jobs and economic growth for our state.”
Directly and indirectly, the Illinois agriculture industry creates about 1.5 million Illinois jobs, according to the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) is a membership organization serving more than 43,000 Illinois soybean growers. ISG provides advocacy in Springfield and Washington, D.C., to promote the interests of Illinois soybean farmers and programs that enhance soybean production and demand. Voice for Soy, the online action center supported by ISG, allows growers to easily connect with legislators and regulators to advocate for Illinois agriculture. For more information about ISG, visit the website www.ilsoygrowers.com.
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Director of Issues Management Analysis