Ag advisors prepare for trade talks

Published: May. 6, 2016 at 4:00 AM CDT
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As the presidential matchup nears November, anti-trade speeches top candidates lists on both side.

The American Farm Bureau says it's getting ready for a potential war over trade by educating its members.

Trade Advisor Dave Salmonsen says, "In order to have our members armed with the best information, we're ramping up our trade education efforts. It's not just about what the agreements do for U.S. agriculture, which are TPP and our analysis are overwhelmingly positive."

Salmonsen says trade deals have an important role in the overall economy.

Agriculture might need to convince people at the local level, according to former Clinton administration trade adviser Paul Drazek. Adding local agribusiness needs to say new agreements are important to their bottom line.

He says, "We got to export, we can't be turning the tables on trade and slapping tariffs on imports because what happens when we do that is, despite what candidates think, other countries are not going to roll over and play dead, they're going to respond and where they know we're sensitive is in agriculture."

Drazek says when a new President enters the White House, they'll realize getting rid of trade agreements will be hard.