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Support for world ag trade

Issue Date: March 23, 2011

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke at the Port of Long Beach last week about the benefits of increasing agricultural trade and jobs. Vilsack stressed the National Export Initiative, a program that is intended to coordinate federal efforts to double U.S. exports by 2014. This initiative provides support to large and small businesses and Vilsack said it is expected to create several million new jobs. He called trade a key factor in building a strong economic future for the U.S. and said the Korean Trade Agreement, requiring congressional ratification, is an integral part of the future of U.S. economic growth. The U.S.-Korea Trade Agreement would eliminate tariffs on a variety of American products, such as grains, fruits, vegetables and beef. With Vilsack, from left, are Tony LoBue, owner of Scott's Food Products in Paramount; A.G. Kawamura, former secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture; Craig McNamara, president of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture; and Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster.

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