Lindsay Mitchell

Nov 28, 2018  |  Today's News |  Exports |  Legislation & Regulation


As a farmer, you certainly understand the value of international markets and overseas relationships.  But maybe you’re interested in learning how you might talk about trade and trade agreements more intelligently.  If so, this series of short podcasts is for you!


A four-part audio series from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) explores the complex process of crafting trade agreements as well as why the work is worth the effort over the long-term for U.S. agriculture.


The most obvious benefit to a trade agreement is market access, which opens the door for the sale of U.S. feed grains and related products and helps set the price for those sales. The price of U.S. grains received by U.S. farmers and agribusinesses is directly connected to trade policy, and changes in policies by the United States or its trading partners can lead to market movements.


“You always like doing business with people you know, and world trade is no exception to that rule,” said Tom Sleight, USGC president, and chief executive officer. “Trade is a two-way street, and it’s something that we need to protect at all times. The main part is always being there for our partners as a resource, as a bridge to U.S. agriculture.”


Learn more here.


Each of the four podcasts is around 3 minutes.  You can work your way through the entire series in a 15-minute drive to town! 


Don’t miss this opportunity to understand why trade is vital to agriculture.  This will help you in the coffee shop, as well, as when we ask you to call your Congressman about trade.  You owe it to yourself to spend the time to listen.