Perhaps the first indication came in February, when President Trump was asked about the U.S. potentially returning to TPP.


"If we did a substantially better deal; I'd be open to TPP."


Now, with word that the President has instructed top trade and economic officials to study the possibility of our nation re-joining what is now called the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, agriculture groups are expressing cautious optimism.  Their hope in a potential TPP re-connection comes at a time of low commodity prices and possible Chinese trade tariffs for their exports, among other challenges.


"Agriculture's business plan doesn't have as many facets to it than perhaps other industries,” said National Counsel of Farmer Cooperatives president Chuck Connor.  “Our sole business plan for the future of American agriculture is expand and trade."



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