Recently a diverse collection of farm groups pressed Congress and the Obama administration to move ahead with approval of pending free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. The representatives say the delay is costing U.S. agriculture billions of dollars in lost revenue while allowing foreign competitors to gain market share that will be hard to recover.

This week’s poll question at BEEF is: How important do you believe international beef trade is to U.S. cattle prices?
· Essential
· Important
· Somewhat important
· Not at all important

Meanwhile, last week’s online poll question – Does the mandatory U.S. COOL law constitute a trade barrier for Mexican and Canadian cattle into the U.S.? – garnered a total of 461 responses. The responses were evenly divided with 49% saying “Yes, it’s unnecessary and just adds cost,” while 49% said “No, we’re just informing consumers about their food.” The remaining 1% didn’t know. 

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