Lawmakers: Include burley in trade agreement

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Legislators have drafted a bipartisan
resolution urging the Obama Administration to include burley in the
Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

On Tuesday, Rep. Wilson Stone, a Democrat from Scottsville, and
Sen. Paul Hornback, a Republican from Shelbyville, introduced their
resolution about the agreement being negotiated by the Office of
the United States Trade Representative.

Stone said farmers are worried the administration in Washington
will "bow to the pressure of anti-tobacco advocates in Congress"
by excluding tobacco.

Hornback said the exclusion would be "devastating" for
Kentucky's 75,000 to 100,000 tobacco farmers.

Roger Thomas of the Governor's Office said Kentucky's
congressional delegation has sent a letter to Trade Representative
Ron Kirk protesting the possible "carving out" of tobacco.

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer also spoke in favor of the
resolution.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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