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Ag industry continues to address non-tariff barriers

Tariffs have received a lot of attention, but the senior lead of federal government relations with Syngenta says the ag industry must continue to address non-tariff trade barriers.

Mary Kay Thatcher says maximum residue levels is an example.

“It’s a level that they put into place that says this is how much residue may remain on a kernel of corn or a tart cherry, and it’s not a safety standard, it’s a trading standard,” she says. “But what we’re seeing especially in the European Union is them lowering that level way below where it is in the US simply as a trade barrier.”

She tells Brownfield another barrier the industry is working on is getting biotech products approved more quickly.

“China is a big problem for us there, they take several years longer than most people to get it done,” she says. “If you don’t have these approvals in all the countries you’re not going to be able to get the grain companies to ship the product overseas.”

Thatcher says progress is being made, but more work must be done to address non-tariff barriers.

Audio: Mary Kay Thatcher, Syngenta

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