U.S. withdrawal from Trans-Pacific Partnership may cost state's wheat farmers
March 15, 2017
OLYMPIA, Mar. 10 –– President Donald Trump's order withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was issued with the promise of saving American jobs, but it may also mean fewer opportunities for Washington farmers.
The agricultural industry supported the TPP. Washington wheat growers hoped it would help them expand their markets in countries like Vietnam and Malaysia where demand for grain is growing.
Wheat is a $600 million industry in Washington, which ranks fifth in the country for wheat production. Last year, wheat growers harvested more than 157,290 bushels from 2.2 million acres of farmland. Almost all that wheat-85 to 90 percent of annual production-...