President Obama issued a national challenge to double US exports into the global economy during his 2010 State of the Union address. On Friday, in a Presidential Proclamation, he said, “World Trade Week is a time to highlight the vital connection between the global economy and the prosperity of our own country. Our 21st-century economy requires American businesses and workers to compete in an international marketplace. To ensure our success, we must advance a robust, forward-looking trade agenda that emphasizes exports and domestic job growth.

I encourage all Americans to observe this week with events, trade shows, and educational programs that celebrate and inform Americans about the benefits of trade to our Nation and the global economy.”

Illinois corn farmers wholeheartedly agree with his comments and his vision for US exports. Given the agricultural prosperity that we enjoy in this country and knowing that Illinois exports 50 percent of its corn crop to foreign countries, we’d like to issue the President a challenge of our own.

Illinois farmers want free trade with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea.

The benefits of these agreements have already been discussed on this blog and on www.ilcorn.org before. Congress understands that free trade agreements will add money to the US GDP, offer jobs to American workers, and establish a more stable United States economy.

Illinois corn farmers wonder, why are we waiting?

Learn more about how the Panama Free Trade Agreement will affect corn farmers.    Learn more about how the Colombia Free Trade Agreement will affect corn farmers.  Learn more about how the Korea Free Trade Agreement will affect corn farmers.

Phil Thornton
ICGA/ICMB Value Enhanced Project Director

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