A top U.S. trade official said in a recent Newsline that now is the time for farmers to press their lawmakers to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

“Without TPP we continue to fall behind,” said Ambassador Darci Vetter, chief agricultural negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative. “So this is not even about a new opportunity, it’s that TPP is essential to maintaining our position in the global marketplace,” she added. TPP promises billions of dollars of new agriculture exports and farm income if approved by Congress and other countries.

In Utah, passage of TPP would increase cash receipts and net exports from Utah by $59.6 million and $39.3 million per year respectively. It is estimated that the increased marketing opportunities for Utah’s farmers and ranchers will add nearly 300 jobs to the Utah economy.