Nebraska’s governor, ag director and the leaders of 14 state farming groups are signing a letter to President Obama concerning free trade. The letter urges the president to work with congress to pass the South Korea, Colombia and Panama Free Trade Agreements. Governor Heineman notes agriculture is Nebraska’s number-one industry, saying the trade deals will bring the state economic growth through tariff reductions and better global competitiveness. Ag director Greg Ibach says the agreements will improve markets for a number of Nebraska commodities, including corn, soybeans, wheat, beef and pork. Nationwide, it’s projected the trade deals will bring another billion dollars in exports to Panama, $3 billion to Columbia and $11 billion to South Korea.
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