USW and the National Association of
Wheat Growers worked together for years to support the U.S.-Colombia free
trade agreement (FTA). As pressure built for approval, other FTA advocates
cited our concern that wheat export sales would fall by $100 million per
year. In a huge victory for U.S. wheat farmers, the FTA entered into force
May 15, 2012. To begin restoring demand and a dominant market share, USW
held the 10th Latin American & Caribbean Buyers Conference in Bogota,
Colombia, in June 2012. Additionally, USW brought Colombian millers and
bakers to visit Kansas, Montana and Oregon in July 2012 for a firsthand
look at the 2012/12 wheat crop. The White House invited 2011/12 NAWG President
Wayne Hurst and 2011/12 USW Chairman Randy Suess (center) to celebrate
President Barack Obama signing FTAs with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.
“Now we can compete in these countries equally based on quality, supply
and service,” Suess said.