If Congress needs to take up trade adjustment assistance for American workers to pass the free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, members should do it, farm leaders say.

At a news conference with House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-OK, to promote passage of the agreements, leaders of the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the National Pork Producers Council, the American Soybean Association, the National Association of Wheat Growers and the National Corn Growers Association all said the trade agreements are so valuable to agriculture they should be passed in their own right. They also stressed that U.S. producers are losing market share to other countries that already have passed free trade agreements.

But when pressed by reporters, the leaders indicated they are likely to go along with trade adjustment and some indicated it would be a good idea.

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