Hearing on Trade Barriers for Farm Exports TOMORROW

Jul 25, 2012 Issues: Small Business, Economy and Jobs

House Committee on Small Business

WASHINGTON, DC— On Thursday, July 26, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. the Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade, under the chairmanship of Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO), will conduct a hearing titled Market Closed: Foreign Trade Barriers Facing Small Agriculture Exporters

This hearing will evaluate how foreign non-tariff barriers impede market access for American agriculture exports, with specific focus on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures. While SPS Measures permit all nations to ban products that are unsafe, in too many instances foreign nations have imposed SPS measures that have little to do with scientifically-based safety concerns and have instead become the preferred means to protect their own agriculture industries from competition.

“Exporting presents significant growth opportunities for agricultural small businesses,” said Chairman Tipton (R-CO). “However, identifying and complying with foreign food safety measures can be especially challenging for small businesses. Small farms account for approximately 91 percent of all farms, and many of them don’t have the resources to navigate the complicated SPS system. On top of that, SPS measures can be used by foreign governments to manipulate trade practices in violation of their treaty commitments. Addressing these barriers is crucial to meeting our goal of increasing American exports.”

The Committee will hear testimony from James Boyer, Owner, Jim Boyer Hogs, Ringsted, IA, testifying on behalf of the National Pork Producers Council; Jason Hafemeister, Vice President, Allen F. Johnson and Associates, Washington, DC; Roger Mix, Owner, Mix Farms, Center, CO, testifying on behalf of the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee and the National Potato Council; and Carl T. Shaffer, President, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, Mifflinville, PA.

Materials for the hearing are posted on the House Small Business Committee’s website HERE.

WHAT: Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade hearing titled, Market Closed: Foreign Trade Barriers Facing Small Agriculture Exporters.

WHEN: Thursday, July 26, 2012, 10:00 a.m. EDT

WHERE: 2360 Rayburn House Office Building