NCFC seeks a level playing field for U.S. agriculture in the global marketplace. Market development and promotion programs are vital to maintaining and expanding U.S. agricultural exports, countering subsidized foreign competition, protecting American jobs and strengthening farm income. Accordingly, NCFC supports strong market development and promotion programs in pursuit of increased agricultural exports and the farm-level benefits they generate.
Additionally, over the past decade, the resources for both FAS and APHIS have come under significant pressure due to budget issues. This pressure has come at a time when competition in key foreign markets has only increased. These resources, including personnel and infrastructure, are extremely valuable in ensuring that overseas markets remain open and efficient for U.S. agricultural exports.
We recognize the benefits of multilateral negotiations. However, in the absence of an active multilateral round of trade negotiations, the U.S. should continue to engage in bilateral and regional negotiations to improve foreign market access for U.S. agricultural products.