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Harrington's Sort & Cull
John Harrington DTN Livestock Analyst
Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:21 PM CDT

There's an old saying among professional negotiators that goes something like this: "If you're not at the table, you're probably on the menu."

Sometimes I fear the opponents of the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) -- a 12-country trade pact that promises to significantly lower trade barriers currently lining the Pacific Rim for U.S. beef and pork producers (not to mention a host of other industries) -- think that by staying home the U.S. can somehow magically reclaim long-lost manufacturing jobs, dictate global standards for labor and product safety, and successfully lead environmental reform from the sidelines.

Whether such thinking stems ...

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