IFB members: Contact White House about Korean Free Trade Agreement

Action request issued on important trade agreement for agriculture.

South Korea remains the second-largest export market for corn-fed U.S. beef and the fourth for corn. (Illinois Farm Bureau file photo)
South Korea remains the second-largest export market for corn-fed U.S. beef and the fourth for corn. (Illinois Farm Bureau file photo)

By Deana Stroisch

Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr. called on members to contact the White House this week and urge President Donald Trump not to withdraw from the Korean-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS).

The action request comes days after Trump tweeted: “The United States is considering, in addition to other options, stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea.”

KORUS, implemented five years ago, has resulted in increased U.S. agricultural exports through increased market share. South Korea remains the second-largest export market for corn-fed U.S. beef and the fourth for corn.

“Illinois farmers cannot afford a withdraw from the Korean Free Trade Agreement,” Guebert said. “We have too much at stake. Please tell President Trump that we need every export market.”

To e-mail the White House, visit www.ilfb.org/actioncenter.

Content for this story was provided by FarmWeekNow.com.

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