Bennet signs onto letter expressing need for ag priorities in Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
The Colorado Corn Growers Association recently reached out to Sen. Michael Bennet, asking that he help in the effort to work toward a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) that prioritizes U.S. agriculture, including the removal of non-science based regulatory barriers and the reduction and removal of tariffs on agricultural products.
Sen. Bennet’s staff informed our organization that he had already signed onto a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, asking that the Obama Administration include priorities for agriculture in any final T-TIP agreement.
His staff noted that letter did not yet express support for T-TIP, and that Sen. Bennet would fully review T-TIP once it’s been finalized, prior to any endorsement of the trade agreement.
There’s no denying the importance of ag exports to Sen. Bennet’s home state, and its corn farmers. In Colorado, ag exports have a $1.7 billion impact on the state’s economy, with three of the top five sectors in ag exports directly impacting livestock and feed, and therefore corn producers (1. Beef; 3. Feeds and fodder; 5. Dairy products).
Who is Colorado Corn?
Colorado Corn, based in Greeley, is made up of the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee and the Colorado Corn Growers Association.
The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) oversees how Colorado’s corn check-off dollars (one penny per bushel of corn produced in Colorado) are spent on research, market development, outreach, education and other various endeavors.
The Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) is comprised of dues-paying members who are politically active, focusing on policy that impacts corn producers and ag in general.
See more about the work of the two organizations at www.coloradocorn.com.