ASA, Ag Groups Urge Support of International Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture

May 21, 2020

ASA joined other agricultural organizations this week, urging Secretary Mike Pompeo and the U.S. Department of State to promptly release the funds that have been committed to support the International Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), an organization that supports the goal of reducing non-scientific barriers that harm U.S. agricultural exports. IICA’s core mission and activities promote adoption of science-based policies, enhance capacity for participation in international organizations, and create a favorable environment for agriculture leaders in the Western Hemisphere to collaborate on common priorities. In addition, the IICA has a strong relationship with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which continues to leverage IICA to resolve current and future agriculture trade barriers. At a time of increased pressure on U.S. farmers, USDA and IICA continue to coordinate and work with agriculture ministers from around the world to find solutions to ensure nutritious food continues to be available for all people. Read the full letter here.