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A P R I L 2 0 1 6 POTATO GROWER 29 People Product News posturing ramps up the threat of a government shutdown always looms. These can lead to border inspection delays and backups delays in distributing important research funding and overall uncer- tainty in the economy which under- mines consumer confidence. Approval of the Trans Pacific Partnership Consideration of this agreement by the U.S. Congress may not occur until after the November elections as members of both political parties are concerned about how ratifica- tion before the elections could affect the outcome. Generally sup- port for the agreement seems strong but the apprehension will likely mean further delay of the benefits that accrue to many sectors under the agreement especially pro- duce. These include reductions in tariffs and enhancement of sanitary and phytosanitary rules to better facilitate produce trade. Eight years have passed since a change in presidential administra- tions. The coming months will be filled with posturing for advantage in the upcoming elections as well as a desire by the Obama Administration to define its legacy. These efforts will include promulga- tion of regulations based on laws passed by Congress this year as well as using existing laws to advance administration priorities. All sides- including the produce industry-will need to be watchful of this process and as usual PMA will have your back. Put MNSeed ad from March page 11 here