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Date: 7/24/2006

Title: NCBA Statement on Suspension of Doha Round WTO Trade Negotiations by Gregg Doud, chief economist

WASHINGTON - “America’s beef producers are frustrated by the collapse of the World Trade Organization (WTO) talks at today’s G-6 meeting at WTO headquarters in Geneva.

“U.S. cattlemen don't receive domestic supports.  Meaningful market access and lower tariffs around the world are the best ways to increase opportunities for U.S. beef producers in international markets.  However, continued posturing on the part of the European Union has denied our cattlemen that access and the opportunity to grow demand for their products overseas.

“The fact that the EU isn’t interested in providing anyone, including the United States, additional access into their market smacks of pure protectionism.  Protectionism was the reason the European Common Agricultural Policy concept was established decades ago.  It is what we fought against in the Uruguay Round, it is the reason U.S. beef is locked out of the EU, and it is the reason for today's collapse of the Doha Round of WTO negotiations.  Revisiting these negotiations serves no purpose until the EU comes forward with a meaningful agricultural market access and tariff reduction proposal.

“U.S. negotiators put forth a bold agricultural proposal that would have benefited producers and consumers around the world.  We commend the U.S. negotiating team, especially Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns and U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab, for their work on behalf of U.S. farmers and ranchers in the name of sound trade policy.

“We are already re-evaluating our trade priorities and agenda.  At the very least, we will work aggressively to renew Trade Promotion Authority so we can work to reduce trade barriers and gain better international access for U.S. beef via new free trade agreements one country at a time.”

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