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CEO DATELINE – Free trade coalition recruits former U.S. senator

April 10, 2019
By Walt Williams

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A coalition of agriculture and food processing organizations have tapped former U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) as a spokesperson as it seeks to build public support for President Donald Trump’s proposed replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Farmers for Free Trade is an industry group that promotes free trade policies that benefit farmers, manufacturers and other business interests. It doesn’t list members but the American Soybean Association, Corn Refiners Association and American Farm Bureau Federation are among the associations that have previously announced their participation in the coalition.

Lincoln will join Farmers for Free Trade during the launch of its #MotorcadeforTrade RV tour April 12 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The group is using the tour to build support for passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which has yet to be approved by Congress.

“Congressional approval of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement is a top priority for our nation’s agriculture industry and I’m pleased to have the opportunity to join the voice of America’s farmers on the importance of North American trade,” Lincoln said in a statement.

Lincoln will be joined at the event by Jim Bair, CEO of the U.S. Apple Association. She previously spent 16 years in Congress as a two-term House member represents Arkansas and a two-term senator.