Statement from Perry Aasness on President Trump’s Executive Order withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Saint Paul – President Trump issued an Executive Order today, withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In response, AgriGrowth Executive Director Perry Aasness released the following statement:

“Minnesota’s agriculture sector is the backbone of our state’s economy, and access to export markets is crucial to the long term profitability of this important sector. As the 5th largest exporting state in the nation, we are concerned about the implications of the U.S. withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, an agreement that provided opportunities for expanded access in several key export markets important to Minnesota agriculture.

“A key path to continued economic success and prosperity for Minnesota farmers and agribusinesses is through reducing trade barriers and expanding global markets. With 95 percent of the world’s population living outside the U.S., we call on President Trump and his Administration to commit to prioritize expanding market opportunities for U.S. agriculture. If he is going to close this door today, we ask him to open two more tomorrow.”

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The Minnesota AgriGrowth Council is a nonprofit, nonpartisan member organization representing the agriculture and food systems industry. Formed in 1968, AgriGrowth’s strategic approach to public policy advocacy, issues management and collaboration seeks to foster long-term sustainability, competitiveness, and business growth.

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