INTERNATiONAL POLICY

KEY ISSUES – RESOLUTION

International Policy

The U.S. must have an aggressive export policy aimed at capturing world wheat and barley markets. Our government must concentrate on trade policy that enhances our competitiveness in world markets.

  1. MGGA supports preserving and expanding export credit and food donation programs under current World Trade Organization agreements.
  2. MGGA supports World Trade Organization harmonization of trade distorting subsidies to a percentage of total ag production. We support the elimination of export subsidies and export restrictions. Export state trading enterprises should be forced to operate at risk of the market on a voluntary and transparent basis.
  3. MGGA urges Congress to create and fully fund an enforcement body within USTR in order to pursue new and aggressive enforcement of existing bilateral and unilateral trade agreements and WTO accession obligations particularly as it relates to agricultural trade distortions. (Revised 2020)
  4. MGGA supports a fully functioning WTO appellate body. (New 2019)
  5. MGGA urges the development of new and creative export programs that provide a way to compete with subsidized sales and unfair currency adjustments from foreign countries.
  6. MGGA calls on US trade negotiators to preserve total domestic farm program spending at no less than authorized in the 2014 farm bill while recognizing the importance of moving toward less trade distorting programs. (Revised 2015)
  7. MGGA vigorously defends the right of US producers to maintain minimally trade‐distorting programs that allow U.S. producers to remain competitive in spite of environmental pressures and competing land uses.
  8. MGGA encourages US Trade Representatives to vigorously pursue new bi-lateral trade agreements. (New 2017)
  9. MGGA supports legislation to eliminate unilateral food sanctions.
  10. MGGA supports maintaining in‐kind humanitarian food aid. (Revised 2008)
  11. MGGA supports eliminating barriers and any US import tariffs which restrict US ag producers’ access to worldwide crop inputs.
  12. MGGA supports full and immediate free trade of functionally equivalent crop protection compounds.
  13. MGGA supports providing reciprocal research, registration and regulation of crop protection and biotech products between the US and other countries.
  14. MGGA urges the development of markets for biotech crops with customer demand and acceptance. This should be a cooperative effort between consumers, producers, agribusiness and government.
  15. MGGA supports the creation of trading structures to preserve the identity of wheat and barley varieties and region or origin, according to the needs of our customers.
  16. MGGA supports maintaining Trade Promotion Authority. (Revised 2015)
  17. MGGA urges changes to the Canadian varietal registration act, resulting in reciprocal treatment of US and Canadian varieties. (New 2018)
  18. MGGA urges prompt and comprehensive resolution of trade issues with China that will benefit Montana ag producers. (New 2018)
  19. MGGA supports legislation expanding trade and travel with Cuba. (Modified 2011)
  20. MGGA supports legislation to overturn the OFAC (Office of Foreign Asset Control) policy of “cash payment in advance” as it relates to trade with Cuba.
  21. MGGA supports US entry into the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), with lower tariffs, increased market access, establishment of uniform rules‐based trading, and a rapid dispute settlement option. (Revised 2019)
  22. MGGA supports significantly increasing the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) funding levels. (Revised 2019)
  23. MGGA supports continued cooperation among grain producers, the Montana Wheat & Barley Committee, merchandisers, and transporters to expand Montana wheat and barley markets.