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Farmers asked to contact lawmakers in support of exports

Published Jun. 1, 2011 | Discuss this on Facebook

For Immediate Release

June 1, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) Ohio farm exports are forecast to increase by $55 million dollars per year if Congress passes three pending free trade agreements (FTAs). The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) is encouraging farmers to visit its online Public Policy Action Center to contact Ohio’s Senators and Representatives and ask for their support of this important issue. The address is http://bit.ly/ofbftrade.

Free trade agreements with Columbia, Panama and Korea have been stalled in Washington while competitive exporting nations are capturing those markets. Passage of the three FTAs would benefit Ohio farmers through increased exports of corn, wheat, soybeans, beef, pork, poultry, dairy and other farm products. Conversely, non-passage of the three agreements could result in Ohioans losing more that $27 million in sales.

Ohio workers also will gain from passage of the FTAs. Ohio is an export-dependent state with more than 283,000 jobs tied to selling products abroad. Ohio’s exports last year totaled $41.4 billion, a 21.5 percent increase over 2009. Agricultural products are among Ohio’s top exports.

To contact lawmakers and encourage passage of the Columbia, Panama and Korea free trade agreements, visit http://bit.ly/ofbftrade.

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CONTACT: Joe Cornely

PHONE: (614) 246-8230 or toll-free 800-937-4567

E-MAIL: jcornely@ofbf.org

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