[Originally posted December 13, 2016]
It stands to reason that right after an investment in getting our grain to a global market, we’d like to see increased market opportunities, right?
The opportunities are there. And Illinois believes we can compete with anyone in the world in terms of grain quality, quantity, and price.
WE JUST NEED GLOBAL MARKET ACCESS!
Trade deals are really important when it comes to selling more corn to more countries all over the world. We’d definitely like to see trade agreements like the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) pass Congress and become effective.
TPP won’t increase the amount of corn we send overseas, but it will increase the amount of red meat we sell overseas. More meat sold means more livestock production here in the U.S. which means more animals to eat more corn! It’s a win for everyone involved.
Overall though Santa, we’d love it if you’d just create a blanket of positive trade talk over Washington, DC. Will the incoming administration support trade in the end? We’re just not sure and we’d love your help on this!
Note: Trade is so important to Illinois. About half of our corn leaves the state – much of it to other countries like Mexico and Japan. What leaves our state and doesn’t go overseas is feeding livestock in other states like Texas and THEN going overseas. This is because of our position on the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers – we will never stop advocating for more and more trade!
There’s also this. Trade is important from a humanitarian level. We have to trade to get the food from where it’s produced (the U.S., Brazil, Argentina) to where the hungry people are.
Don’t ever forget about the hungry people Santa.