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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.
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