Free trade agreements are super important to the entire country, but perhaps more important to Illinois farmers than farmers in other states.
We’ve discussed that Illinois exports more of its grain (and other goods) out of the state because we have the competitive advantage of the Illinois and Mississippi River. Now see how much we benefit when the U.S. works with other countries so we can sell our grain and compete on a level playing field internationally.
In 2017, exports to FTA markets accounted for 54% of Illinois exports. Wow!