INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 6, 2015) — Following agreement Monday of the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on a final agreement, the Indiana Soybean Alliance Membership & Policy Committee welcomed the news. ISA M&P Chairman Josh Kirkpatrick, a farmer from Fountain County, issued this statement in reaction to the news:
“We are hopeful the final TPP agreement creates more opportunities, economic growth, and jobs for Indiana farmers and workers. Export markets are extremely important to Indiana soybean farmers, accounting for over $2 billion in soybean and soybean meal exports each year. Trade is also vital to our livestock customers.
TPP has the potential to increase agricultural exports to new markets and to allow Hoosier farmers to better compete in existing markets. We are optimistic that soybeans, soybean products, and the livestock products produced by our customers all will fare well in the TPP agreement when specific details are revealed.
We will carefully read the terms of the agreement to ensure that soybean farmers, as well as livestock producers, are getting a fair deal before rendering a final judgment on the TPP agreement; everything that we’ve seen and heard thus far makes us feel very positive.”
To learn more about the Indiana Soybean Alliance Membership & Policy Committee or to become an ISA member, visit www.indianasoybean.com. You can also keep up with them on Twitter @Indiana_Soy.
The Indiana Soybean Alliance works to enhance the viability of Indiana soybean farmers through the effective and efficient investment of soybean checkoff funds and the development of sound policies that protect and promote the interest of Indiana soybean farmers. The ISA is working to build new markets for soybeans through the promotion of biodiesel, livestock, grain marketing, aquaculture, new soybean uses, and research. ISA is led by an elected farmer board that directs investments of the soybean checkoff funds on behalf of more than 28,000 Indiana soybean farmers and promotes policies on behalf of the ISA’s 800 dues-paying members. Visit www.indianasoybean.com for more information.
This communications was NOT funded with Indiana soybean checkoff dollars.