Washington, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed the Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015. The following statement should be attributed to John Bode, President and CEO of the Corn Refiners Association:
“Today, the House made a historic move in passing Trade Promotion Authority. Trade is essential to the prosperity of U.S. food and agriculture, and the House’s move represents important leadership on the critical process of modernizing and renewing Trade Promotion Authority. As the world’s leading exporter of agricultural products, the U.S. will now be able to expand opportunities overseas and further strengthen our global competitiveness. Enactment of this legislation will stand as a bipartisan achievement to lay the foundation for the negotiation of ambitious and comprehensive trade agreements that eliminate barriers for the corn refining industry, and bring the economic benefits of increased trade.”
The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is the national trade association representing the corn refining industry of the United States. CRA and its predecessors have served this important segment of American agribusiness since 1913. Corn refiners manufacture sweeteners, ethanol, starch, bioproducts, corn oil and feed products from corn components such as starch, oil, protein and fiber.