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US: Potato growers support TPP agreement

Based on a review of the recently released Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement text, the National Potato Council (NPC) strongly supports the trade deal reached with Australia, Brunei, Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. NPC urges Congress to quickly complete their review of TPP and approve the agreement. Currently 20 percent of the potatoes produced in the U.S. are exported as fresh, dehydrated or frozen processed potatoes. Over the last 10 years potato exports have grown by 56 percent in volume and were valued at $1.7 billion in 2014. The completion of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements has been a key driver in that export growth. Congressional approval of this agreement with the TPP trading block will provide significant opportunities to expand the export growth trend. More


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