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Former USTR: Exports offer ‘sea change’ for dairy

Former USTR: Exports offer ‘sea change’ for dairy
Ambassador Ron Kirk, former U.S. Trade Representative, believes agriculture -- and dairy in particular -- can help America regain its fiscal prosperity. Kirk will deliver the Chairman’s Lecture at the International Dairy Foods Association’s Dairy Forum 2014, which will be held Jan. 26-29 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, Calif.
Kirk said the growth of the export market for dairy products has been a “sea change” for the industry.
“Our domestic industry, for the most part, has historically dominated the North American market, and exports have been a new trend for us. That can be a real growth opportunity for the dairy industry,” Kirk said.
Reflecting on his time as the lead negotiator for long-pending trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama and on the frontlines of enforcing trade rules with China and other foreign competitors, Kirk said enforcing existing trade rules is important to U.S. companies.
Kirk’s presentation on Sunday, Jan. 26, will kick off the four-day Dairy Forum. To learn more about his topic, watch a video of his interview with IDFA’s Connie Tipton. To see the agenda and to register, visit the Dairy Forum 2014 page.