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Ag Agenda – The Voice of Agriculture – American Farm Bureau

Update Our Ports or Miss the Boat

By Bob Stallman
President, American Farm Bureau

Someone once said that it’s not leaving port, but coming in, that determines the success of a voyage. While this has some truth to it, the port that one departs from is just as important to a successful endeavor.

It may surprise many that if the planned expansion of the Panama Canal was completed tomorrow, the United States, one of the world’s largest trading powers, would only have six ports deep enough to handle the new larger ships that will pass. Yet, we are competing with all other parts of the world that are updating their ports. Since agriculture goods play a significant role in U.S. trade, modernizing our ports is extremely important for farmers and ranchers to be able to continue to thrive in the world market.

If You Build It, They Will Come

Even more surprising than the U.S. only having six large ports is the fact that all these ports are i

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American Farm Bureau News

Selected Stories in This Issue:

Farm Bureau urges Senate support for repealing health insurance tax
‘Regular order’ on farm bill to resume
Growers seeks smooth transition for biotech patent expirations
Dust regulations are blowin’ in the wind
Values kids learn through farm work are at risk
U.S. weighs options after WTO rejects COOL rules
New York Farm Bureau celebrates Broome County centennial
Accurate Ag Books list is now a searchable database
Book of the Year to be announced in January
2012 Foundation Silent Auction to be online
Bigger, better My American Farm agricultural game to be featured at AFBF annual meeting
House passes bill preventing feds from regulating dust
California group pushes for biotech food labels, launches drive for 2012 ballot measure

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