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Guest View: Trade Agreements Vital to Iowa Economic Growth

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May 8, 2011

Globe Gazette (Mason City, Iowa)

By Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey

The reality is that 95 percent of the world's consumers live outside of the United States and passing these three trade agreements will give Iowa's farmers, manufacturers and other businesses access to these growing markets… The Panama and Colombia agreements would also significantly reduce the trade barriers facing Iowa agricultural products and nationwide job growth estimates for the three trade agreements total nearly 30,000 jobs in the beef, pork, and poultry industries - with approximately 5,000 new jobs for Iowa alone.