Letter to the Editor

letter to the editor

Friday, June 12, 2015

Dear Editor:

Soon, the U.S. House of Representatives will consider Trade Promotion Authority legislation to finalize trade deals with other countries around the world. As a leader who has emerged as an advocate for agriculture, we hope Congressman Emanuel Cleaver continues his support by voting to pass TPA, allowing Missouri farmers and businesses to grow.

Foreign trade is critical to Missouri's economy. Our state exported $14.1 billion last year. This translates into nearly 6,000 businesses selling goods that support more than 86,000 Missouri jobs.

Today the price of corn is falling below the cost of production. Expanding market access is crucial to Missouri farmers and this state's economy. Almost one-third of Missouri's exports are tied to agriculture. The dollars generated are reinvested back in our schools and communities.

Missouri's corn farmers and livestock producers are working hard to be the best in the world, but we need open markets and a seat at the negotiating table to compete for business.

As a member of the Missouri Corn Growers Association and corn farmer, I thank Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt for their supportive votes and urge Congressman Cleaver to continue backing farmers by voting yes on TPA.

Kurtis Gregory

Marshall.