U.S. negotiations with the European Union on a Trans Atlantic trade agreement were hampered by the recent government shutdown. It led to cancellation of the talks in Brussells set for earlier this month Now the NSA spying issue is threatening to continue delaying those discussions. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall says that hurts U.S. agriculture.
Woodall says the Trans Atlantic Free Trade agreement also known as the T-tip is very important for America’s cattle producers in reducing historic trade barriers put up by the E.U.
He says for the average producer, trade in general means a great deal to their bottom line.
The T-tip talks have yet to be re scheduled and may not be until the NSA spying issue is resolved.