7/30/21 • Trade

Corn Refiners Association Signs Letter in Support of World Trade Organization Reform

WASHINGTON, DC — On July 23rd the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) joined a coalition of 34 food and agriculture industry members urging Ambassador Katherine Tai and United States Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack to pursue a set of principles to reform and revitalize the World Trade Organization (WTO). Agricultural exports are a way to build back our economy and help people around the world by providing access to America’s bounty of food, fuel, and fiber. To advance that vision, reform of the WTO is badly needed, including changes that lead to a market opening agenda for agriculture and a better functioning institution.

“As a key driver of growth within the agricultural sector, the U.S. trade system helps American farmers, rural communities and businesses gain access to customers around the world,” explains CRA President and CEO John Bode. “We need the Biden administration’s leadership in revitalizing the World Trade Organization to bring continued economic growth, sustainability and opportunity to all corners of the U.S. agriculture industry.”

The letter outlines a set of principles to address WTO reform issues and priorities for the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference later this year. You can view the full letter 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.