Date: 12/18/2012 Description: New John Deere combine worth over $385,000 demonstrating the harvesting of genetically engineered soybeans. The combine is equipped with GPS guided instruments to increase the efficiency of harvesting as well as reduce the amount of pesticide since its accuracy eliminates spray overlap. - State Dept Image

The office covers all bilateral, regional, and global trade negotiations and disputes relating to agricultural products; food safety issues; and food aid policy. We use diplomacy to open and keep open markets for U.S. agricultural products. We discuss barriers to agricultural trade directly with trading partners and support multilateral trade negotiations to reduce such barriers. U.S. farmers and ranchers produce some of the most competitive, high-quality farm products in the world. We ensure that they have level playing fields to fairly access foreign markets. Our efforts include:

Trans Pacific Partnership
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement is a regional trade agreement currently being negotiated among the United States and eleven other partners. The other TPP partners are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Japan, and Vietnam. Our office contributes to the negotiation efforts in agricultural market access and the chapter on sanitary and phytosanitary measures.

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Agreement is regional trade agreement currently being negotiated between the United States and the European Union. Our office contributes to the negotiation efforts in agricultural market access and the chapter on sanitary and phytosanitary measures. The first round of the TTIP negotiations was held in Washington, DC in July, 2013.

Coffee
As one of the largest importers of coffee, the United States belongs to the International Coffee Organization (ICO), a multilateral group of both exporters and importers of coffee. Our office, in partnership with other U.S. government agencies, works with the ICO to provide a forum in which ICO members and coffee experts can convene to discuss major issues which threaten the industry, such as helping small- and medium-sized coffee producers mitigate the risks of price volatility and crop disease.

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