The export demand for crops and meats, which are vitally important to the income of farmers, face a difficult and growing set of challenges today.

Competitors, such as Brazil and Ukraine, are mounting serious challenges for U.S.-grown crops in key markets. Many importers, especially those in Asia, continue to maintain high tariffs on beef and pork that limit U.S. exports of those products.

Domestically, the leading candidates for president have disparaged potential trade agreement, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which are considered essential for farmers’ future incomes.

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