American Farm Bureau Federation Zippy Duvall took part in a press conference this week to support Farmers for Free Trade, a bipartisan campaign to rebuild support for trade at the grassroots level.
Farmers for Free Trade, led by former Senators Max Baucus and Richard Lugar, is a bipartisan, non-profit organization that informs, mobilizes and amplifies the voice of U.S. farmers and ranchers who depend on worldwide markets. This critical grassroots push comes at a time when trade is under fire, despite the fact that U.S. farmers export half of all major commodities, contributing to a $20 billion agricultural trade surplus this year and supporting millions of rural jobs.
The press conference call also included remarks from Farmers for Free Trade Co-Chairs Baucus and Lugar, Sara Lilygren, President of the Farmers for Free Trade Board; and Kansas Farm Bureau President Rich Felts.
Thanks to Julie Harker with Brownfield Ag News for sharing the audio – but there is a lot of background and extraneous noise, likely caused by the number of participants on open lines.
FFT presser opening comments
FFT presser questions