Washington, DC—“The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) is disappointed by the failure of trade ministers meeting in Geneva this week to reach a beneficial WTO agreement for American agriculture,” said NCFC President Jean-Mari Peltier.
“At the same time, U.S. Trade Ambassador Susan Schwab and her staff are to be commended for their hard work and leadership in resisting efforts to restrict U.S. access to essential export markets. It is unfortunate that a handful of developing countries—including those that have benefited most from trade over the last decade—decided to scuttle this deal by maintaining unreasonably high tariffs on a wide range of imported goods.
“NCFC continues to support a rules-based trading system through WTO Doha negotiations as the best opportunity to provide global trade benefits for American agriculture. Despite disappointment in this setback, we look forward to a resumption of these negotiations at an appropriate time, with a renewed focus on ensuring that U.S. farmer cooperatives and their members derive tangible benefits from any completed agreement.”
NCFC is the national trade association representing farmer-owned cooperatives andtheir members, who in turn comprise a majority of America’s two million farmers, ranchers and growers.. These farmer-owned cooperatives trade on behalf of the majority of America’s farmers. Collectively, farmer cooperatives comprise nearly $5 billion in American agricultural exports and participate in every significant overseas market. Their direct commercial involvement in these countries means their farmer-owners have a vital economic stake in the outcome of these negotiations.