ISA President Statement on Japan Trade Deal Announcement

Statement courtesy of ISA President Tim Bardole who grows soybeans near Rippey, IA.

The signing of a new trade agreement between the U.S. and Japan is welcomed news for Iowa soybean farmers. The country of nearly 130 million people is a top-five market for U.S. soybean exports; it purchased more than $120 million of Iowa soybeans last year. Japan is also a critically important destination for U.S. pork and beef. It’s a win-win as these commodities create additional demand for soybeans and value-added opportunities for farmers. Japan is a reliable purchaser of U.S. soybeans and we’re a dependable supplier so the agreement bodes well for both countries for years to come. Soybean farmers urge the Administration and Congress to add to the momentum of this agreement in support of rural America by passing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, restoring the integrity of the Renewable Fuels Standard and resolving the trade impasse with China.

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The Iowa Soybean Association ( develops policies and programs that help Iowa’s more than 40,000 soybean farmers expand profit opportunities while promoting environmentally sensitive production using the soybean checkoff and other resources. The association was founded in 1964 and is governed by an elected volunteer board of 22 farmers. It strives to be honest and transparent, fact-based and data driven and committed to environmental stewardship, collaborations and partnerships.