Coalition Urges USTR and Congress to continue WTO Membership and Reform

  • On September 30, 2020
  • Agriculture, American agriculture, American Seed Trade Association, Seed Industry, Senate, U.S. Trade Representative, Ways and Means, World Trade Organization, WTO

ASTA has joined with a coalition of over 60 agricultural stakeholders calling for continued World Trade Organization (WTO) membership and reform. On September 23, the coalition sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, leaders of the Senate Finance, House Ways and Means, and Senate and House Agriculutre Committees. The letter encourages WTO reform by emphasizing the need in American agriculture for access to foreign markets, transparency, and accountability.

“A stable, functioning WTO system is essential to a predictable and sound trading environment in which American agriculture can compete and prosper,” said Andy LaVigne, ASTA CEO. The letter also addresses the necessary traits and abilities for effective change in the next Director General of the WTO.

View the full letter here.