New U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman met with agricultural stakeholders this week. He told the group he’s cautiously optimistic about Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations and hopes to see those completed by the end of the year. National Cattlemen Beef Association’s Associate Director of Legislative Affairs Kent Bacus says Froman has a very ambitious trade agenda with TPA and the Trans Atlantic talks expected to get into full swing in October.
Bacus says the TPP deal with the Asian countries holds the best promise for America’s cattle producers but is also excited about the opportunity to tear down trade barriers with Europe with the Trans Atlantic deal.
Bacus says besides working on the trade negotiations, NCBA wants Froman to work on China to open its market to U.S. beef and pressure Russia to lift its ractopamine and other non tariff trade barriers.