Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44TRADE AGREEMENTS AND FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL EXPORTS from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service The U.S. has free trade agreements with 20 countries. These include 12 bilateral agreements and two mul- tilateral agreements – the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA- DR). These agreements create opportunities to increase U.S. agricultural and processed sales internationally, stripping away barriers to trade, eliminating tariffs, opening markets and promoting investment and eco- nomic growth. In countries where the U.S. has free trade agreements, exports of U.S. farm and food products have grown significantly. Between 2004 and 2014, U.S. agricultural exports to those countries increased more than 145 percent – from $24 billion to $59 billion. The U.S. has concluded negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and is in the process of negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP). U.S. Free Trade Agreements ■ CAFTA-DR ■ Jordan Trade Agreement ■ NAFTA ■ Korea Trade Agreement ■ AustraliaTrade Agreement ■ MoroccoTrade Agreement ■ Bahrain Trade Agreement ■ Oman Trade Agreement ■ Chile Trade Agreement ■ Panama Trade Agreement ■ Colombia Trade Agreement ■ Peru Trade Agreement ■ Israel Trade Agreement ■ SingaporeTrade Agreement 8 News & Views Magazine EDITION 2, 2016 Zion said he hopes that“when the smoke clears”things might change. “Exporting is vital for us in California on the food side,”Zion said.“I really hope after this election we get back to being pragmatic about trade. People in the Valley really need trade.” GETTING STARTED Zion, who previously served as the managing director for the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Agricul- tural Export Program, has been with Meridian since its inception in 1996. He said food processing companies interested in exporting shouldn’t be daunted by the pros- pect. For one thing, Zion said that today“it’s as easy to ship products to Chicago as to Singapore.” Zion said there are plenty of resources on how to export from the state and other export assistant centers that“do a great basic job demystifying some of the basic terminology.” However, his biggest piece of advice? It’s still very relation- ship based. “It (exporting) is not as daunting as some people think,”Zion said.“And it can be very rewarding financially and personally.” Jim Zion serves on the U.S. Department Agriculture (USDA) Technical Advisory Committee for Fruits and Vegetables. There are six such committees under the auspices of USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, including those for: Animal and Animal Products; Grain, Feed and Oilseeds; Processed Food; Sweeteners; andTobacco, Cotton and Peanuts. Longtime CLFP member Bill McFarland with the Musco Family Olive Co. serves on the Processed Food committee. Other Processed Food Committees serving on this committee include Porter Creek Vineyards, Ocean Spray, PepsiCo, Land O’Lakes, Dundee Fruit Company, Amy’s Kitchen, The WhiteWave Foods Company and Leprino Foods. “It (exporting) is not as daunting as some people think. And it can be very rewarding financially and personally.”