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Source: Farmers for Free Trade news release

Washington, D.C. - Leading U.S. agriculture groups today called on the bipartisan working group and Congressional leadership to come together on a bipartisan infrastructure package that they call vital to American farmers and their continued domestic and international market access.

The letter comes as negotiations among a bipartisan group of Senators accelerate and Congressional leaders weigh the path forward for infrastructure investments. The letter, which was organized by Farmers for Free Trade, includes support from every step of the U.S. supply chain: from farm groups, to truckers, to waterways, to ports and more.

To read the letter and its signees click here.

"American agriculture depends on access to new foreign and domestic markets, and that access depends on reliable infrastructure in the middle of the country and along the coastlines," the groups write in the letter. "Investing in American agriculture and infrastructure will protect and create jobs. In 2019, 22.2 million full and part-time jobs in America were dependent on the agricultural and food sectors."

"We ask all members of the 117th Congress to recognize the importance of infrastructure to the health of the nation's food and agricultural economy and work together to support investments that will allow our workers to remain competitive in a global marketplace."

The letter focuses on the economic importance of agricultural trade, the importance of infrastructure for ag supply chains and exports, how infrastructure spending will support ag and rural jobs, current deficiencies in ag infrastructure, the benefits of investing in rural broadband and the importance of passing an infrastructure package in our efforts to compete globally.

"The United States cannot afford to delay infrastructure improvements," the letter states. "Our competitors, including China and Brazil, are making significant investments in infrastructure to improve their competitive position."

The letter was sent to Senator Rob Portman, Senator Mitt Romney, Senator Todd Young, Senator Thom Tillis, Senator Mike Rounds, Senator Susan Collins, Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Shelley Moore Capito, Senator Bill Cassidy, Senator Jerry Moran, Senator Kyrsten Sinema, Senator Joe Manchin, Senator John Hickenlooper, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Senator Angus King, Senator Jon Tester, Senator Dick Durbin, Senator Maggie Hassan, Senator Mark Warner and Senator Mark Kelly. It was also sent to Congressional leaders and the Co-Chairs of the House Problem Solvers Caucus.

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