A statement from Wayne Hurst, president of the National Association of Wheat Growers and a wheat farmer from near Burley, Idaho, and Don Schieber, chairman of U.S. Wheat Associates and a wheat farmer from near Ponca City, Okla.:
“We were pleased to see leaders in the House of Representatives and the Senate take a step forward today with the three free trade agreements our country has negotiated with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.
“We understand the political aspects of how these agreements move toward ratification are complicated. But, for wheat growers, these agreements aren’t complicated at all: they mean reduced barriers to our products, help maintaining markets we’ve built over time and higher wheat prices.
“Immediate passage of the three pending free trade agreements remains of utmost importance for wheat growers across the country, the agriculture industry and the U.S. economy. We urge all officials to work toward their resolutions as soon as possible.”