WASHINGTON, DC – Today, in reaction to the release of a report outlining Federal Agencies’ plan to address the threat posed by increased foreign imports to American producers of seasonal and perishable fruits and vegetables, John Bode, President and CEO of the Corn Refiners Association, commented:
“We appreciate the consideration of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Department of Commerce, and U.S. Department of Agriculture trade leaders in considering testimony of all witnesses at the recent seasonal produce hearings. They are to be commended for their commitment to investigate the trade allegations raised by southeast farmers of seasonal and perishable fruits and vegetables who are experiencing very difficult times. This evening’s announcement by U.S. government agencies outlining rigorous trade compliance and trade enhancing activities are in the best interest of all of American agriculture and American consumers.”
The report, released by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Commerce, follows public hearings held in August where more than 60 witnesses testified, including CRA President and CEO John Bode. Click here to read the full transcript of the virtual hearing held on August 20, 2020.
To read the full report, click here.
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, starch, advanced bioproducts, corn oil and feed products from corn components such as starch, oil, protein, and fiber.