2013 Letters

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    12/06/2013

    Coalition Letter to USTR Michael Froman on TPP General Exceptions

    As representatives of the agriculture and food industries, we are writing to express our concerns regarding the U.S. proposal to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement to add a product-specific reference into the language that provides a general exception for regulations to protect human life or ... Read More

    Sender: Multi-Industry Coalition

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    05/20/2013

    Letter to White House Regarding a Comprehensive TTIP

    The undersigned organizations and companies, representing the vast majority of U.S. food and agricultural producers, processors and exporters, registered strong support for the initiation of free trade negotiations with the European Union, now formally known as the Transatlantic Trade and ... Read More

    Sender: Multi-Industry Coalition

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    03/04/2013

    Coalition Letter to Ambassador Kirk Applauding Launch of EU FTA Negotiations

    The undersigned food and agricultural groups applaud the decision to launch negotiations with the European Union (EU) on a transatlantic free trade agreement (FTA) and commend you for your insistence that the agreement be comprehensive and ambitious. Individual organizations will be providing ... Read More

    Sender: Multi-Industry Coalition

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    02/01/2013

    Coalition Letter to President Obama Regarding the Draft "Safe Harbor Proposal"

    Agriculture and food producers are writing to express our concerns regarding the draft “Safe Harbor Proposal,” a summary of which the administration released in May 2012. The proposal is to introduce language in the “general exceptions” chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement that would allow “health authorities to adopt regulations, even if those regulations otherwise would be inconsistent with the trade agreement’s rules.” We are concerned that the proposal would create a new and troubling precedent undermining existing trade disciplines. Read More

    Sender: Multi-Industry Coalition

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    11/01/2013

    Coalition Letter to Farm Bill Conferees to Address Regulatory Challenges Between ESA and FIFRA

    Letter to express appreciation for the Farm Bill Conferees understanding and support of the long-standing challenges faced by agriculture in its efforts to comply with the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We support transparent, fair and science-based regulation of pest management and share the Administration’s concern about a flawed regulatory process that, in 2011, caused the EPA, USDA, Department of Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the Department of Commerce’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to commission the National Research Council (NRC) to review scientific differences at the intersection of ESA and FIFRA. Read More

    Sender: Multi-Industry Coalition

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    10/22/2013

    Letter to Farm Bill Conference Leaders Regarding Duplicative Regulation of EPA Approved Pesticides

    The undersigned national, regional and state organizations would like to remind you of an important issue to public health and agriculture in our states – the duplicative regulation of EPA approved pesticides used to protect public health, the nation’s food supply, natural resources, infrastructure and green spaces. We ask that farm bill conferees address these costly and duplicative requirements during the conference by specifying that Clean Water Act National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits are not required for the application of EPA approved pesticides. Read More

    Sender: Multi-Industry Coalition

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    10/24/2013

    Letter Calling on State Department and Congress to Ensure Mexico's Compliance with the 1944 Water Treaty

    We urge you to act to protect the viability of production agriculture in the United States by ensuring Mexico releases water in the Rio Grande to the benefit of American farmers and ranchers. Under the terms of the treaty, Mexico is required to provide a minimum of 350,000 acre-feet of water on average to the U.S. each year of a five-year term. Should Mexico fail to deliver the annual allocation, it is required to catch-up and correct the accumulated deficit by the end of the five-year term at the latest. While there are exemptions for periods of extraordinary drought, Mexico is not currently experiencing extraordinary drought. Instead, as of this June (halfway through the current five-year term), Mexico has delivered less than half of the water it should have delivered up until this point. Read More

    Sender: NASDA President Chuck Ross