As foreign governments create trade barriers and make it difficult for Iowa’s exporters to compete in the global marketplace, Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, is fighting back to protect Iowa farmers.
Ernst is leading a new effort to improve the proactive enforcement of U.S. agreements at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Her Prioritizing Offensive Agricultural Disputes and Enforcement Act would create a joint task force between USTR and USDA, removing bureaucratic barriers that prevent proper communication between the two agencies and limit our country’s ability to prevent and respond to broken trade agreements.
“Iowa’s farm families face unfair trade barriers, like Mexico’s GM corn ban, and they deserve to know that the U.S. government is doing everything it can to enforce our existing trade agreements and safeguard fair markets for their products,” said Senator Ernst. “By bridging the gap between USDA and USTR, we can hold the Biden administration accountable and ensure Washington is actually working together to protect Iowa’s place as a leader in agricultural exports.”