A new study released today by the Agriculture Coalition for CAFTA-DR demonstrates that the Free Trade Agreement with five of the Central American countries and the Dominican Republic (CAFTA-DR) provides overwhelming benefits for American agriculture.

The study examined the benefits of CAFTA-DR on a local basis for 40 congressional districts with significant agricultural production.  Research found exceptional evidence that the CAFTA-DR will greatly benefit local economies in these agricultural-rich communities. Conducted by Ross Korves, an independent economic policy analyst, the study utilized U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Census of Agriculture data as well as publicly available information from the American Farm Bureau Federation. 

The study is available online at www.nppc.org/hot_topics/40districts.html and will soon be posted, along with a host of other helpful information on CAFTA-DR at www.uscafta.org.

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