A new agricultural coalition led initially by a USA Rice official is focused on reform of the World Trade Organization.
The coalition recently sent U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack a letter which said, “The world is looking to the Biden administration to provide leadership to reform the WTO, a difficult but important task that could serve as a lasting achievement and benefit American workers, including farmers and ranchers, for many years to come.”
“The WTO has served American farmers, ranchers, and workers across the food and agriculture sector well, but in recent years the flaws in the system have become apparent,” the coalition wrote.
“Reform is badly needed, including changes that lead to a market opening agenda for agriculture and a better functioning institution. These changes can help improve global agricultural sustainability and support rural communities, workers, and better-paying jobs across the United States.”
The letter included an attachment that outlines a set of principles to address WTO reform issues and priorities for the 12th Ministerial Conference scheduled to take place in Geneva in late November and early December.
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