Trade issues and their importance to farmers and ranchers have rarely been more in the spotlight than in recent months. The United States Mexico Canada Agreement and a partial trade deal with China are promising new sales of US agriculture products.
The US Grains Council and the National Corn Growers Association say they want to take advantage of the momentum to help Colorado farmers become champions of trade. The groups are sponsoring a series of “trade schools” with one scheduled in Burlington on March 11th and 12th.
Kim Reddin with Colorado Corn says the trade schools have been held in the past but not in Colorado.
Reddin: “Sometimes our understanding of trade is limited to a certain window depending on what we produce or where we are in the country. The intention of the school is to talk broadly about trade policy and how we got to where we are with these trade policies in general. But also in specifics like what is USMCA going to mean for us in Colorado and what is it going to mean for grain trade.”
Reddin says Colorado farmers with trade experience will be among the speakers to share their knowledge. Floyd Gaibler Director of Trade Policy and Biotechnology with the US Grains Council will be at the Colorado event as well. The intent is to help folks who are interested in learning to talk about trade policy do it better.