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Michigan corn growers want Congress to approve trade plan

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Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio

Michigan’s corn growers are hopeful Congress will soon pass Trade Promotion Authority.  That will fast track new trade deals in Asia and Europe.

Jim Zook is with the Michigan Corn Growers Association.

He says the corn market needs a boost, with the price the farmers receive for their corn is at or below the break even price.

“That’s why having the TPA approval is so important,” says Zook, “In order to provide additional demand for our product.”

Michigan’s two U.S. Senators have their doubts about the trade plan.  

Unions and other groups fear a loss of American jobs. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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