America’s chief agricultural negotiator, Islam Siddiqui, will visit Madera on Tuesday to discuss recently signed free-trade agreements at the 2012 Agricultural Trade Summit.
The event, sponsored by the Madera County Farm Bureau and to be held at Madera State Center Community College’s auditorium, is free and open to the public.
Siddiqui will talk about the pros and cons of establishing free-trade agreements (FTAs) with foreign countries and how those agreements can benefit Madera farmers, said Farm Bureau director Anja Raudabaugh.
“It’s really important for Madera County to have access to international markets because of the number of specialty crops grown here,” she said. “Specialty crops are not subsidized by the government. So we need to sell as much as we can on our own because we don’t get that kickback from the government, like cotton (growers do)...