Ag groups line up grassroots support for trade

From the Capital Press

Fleets of trucks, lines of railcars and bustling ports send U.S. agricultural products to far-flung foreign markets each day.

Last year alone, those exports exceeded $140 billion with a trade surplus of more than $21 billion. They also supported more than 1 million jobs to deliver those products around the world and generated $178.8 billion for the U.S. economy.

But a growing sentiment of protectionism in the U.S. is threatening the future of agricultural exports and the health of rural communities, according to a group that is mobilizing to combat those threats. Farmers for Free Trade is on a mission to rebuild grassroots support for trade. Read the rest of the story here.