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“Free-Trade Deals Leave U.S. Behind”

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August 15, 2011

Plain Dealer

Our neighbors to the north have taken an important step to expand their economic reach, and the United States would be wise to follow suit. On Monday, Canada's free-trade agreement with Colombia went into effect. Canada expects to expand significantly on the $1.4 billion in exports sold to Colombia last year, inpart by moving more agricultural products, including corn and soybeans. The prospect of Colombian markets being thrown open to those two commodities, in particular, ought to concern the many Ohio farmers for whom exports is an important source of income.