What is in this article?:
- Wheat grower testifies on importance of FTAs
- Important U.S. customers
• All three countries with current pending free trade agreements are important customers of U.S. wheat growers.
* Last year, the United States exported 645,000 metric tons (MT) of wheat to Colombia, 123,000 MT to Panama and 1.1 million MT to South Korea.
• At today’s export prices, that wheat represents about $650 million in export sales.
Instead of working his fields in northeastern Montana, wheat farmer Gordon Stoner is in Washington, D.C., to testify before Congress — twice — on the significance of pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea to his business and the U.S. wheat industry.
Wednesday morning, Stoner testified to the Senate Finance Committee on the importance of the pending agreement with Colombia, and today he will speak to the House Agriculture Committee on the need for immediate ratification of all three agreements to bolster American agriculture.
“I am here today, instead of at home working my fields, because I know the viability of our industry depends on our ability to export U.S. wheat and barley to every market in the world,” Stoner said
Stoner is a fourth-generation farmer and rancher from Outlook, Mont., where he grows durum wheat, peas and lentils in addition to raising cattle. Stoner is also the president of the Montana Grain Growers Association, a member of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) Board of Directors and vice chairman of the NAWG and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) Joint International Trade Policy Committee.