NORTH BEND, Wis. (WEAU) -- Congressman Ron Kind was in North Bend near Melrose to talk about the impact of Wisconsin agricultural exports and President Obama's trade agenda.
Kind said two trade deals the u-s is working to negotiate are important for the u-s and wisconsin's economy.
“We have to continue to grow and create good paying jobs, but it also means gaining greater market access and share overseas and agricultural products here in the state of Wisconsin,” said Kind.
The U.S. is negotiating the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership with the European Union.
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said this will help make the U.S. more competitive on an international level and help create jobs.
The U.S. is also negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership with with 11 countries in the Asia-Pacific Region.
Froman said this will improve access to some of the world's fastest growing markets.
“Wisconsin knows how important trade is to its economic future. Wisconsin exports more than $23 billion a year in product all around the world, and that's supports about 100,000 jobs,” said Froman.
Wisconsin is the second largest dairy exporter in the United States.
Dairy farmer Byron Krueger said the trade deals are important.
“We've had real good milk prices now, and if we don't protect this trade we're not going to keep them prices down to what we have today,” said Krueger.
We asked Kind's republican opponents about the trade negotiations.
“I am in favor of free trade, but I'm not in favor of subsidized trade, and you know in the past some of these trade agreements have been more toward building preferences to certain countries, and to certain businesses,” said Ken Van Doren.
“We have to make Wisconsin's products more and more competitive, and so anything that will reduce labor costs, anything that reduces energy costs is in turn going to reduce the costs of manufacturing,” said Karen Mueller.
“Promote western and central Wisconsin, and all of the great products we have here, and to do that we have to grow our small businesses and our farms,” said Tony Kurtz.