He said Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi “is dead wrong on (trade) agreements. But we are closer than we’ve ever been in the DOHA Round. We’re separated only by minutiae. The world’s political leaders know they have to (complete the Doha agreement) to recover from the recession.”

Flinchbaugh said trade agreements should reverse a declining U.S. balance of trade. Agriculture trade “is estimated to be down 17 percent in 2009,” Flinchbaugh said.

They also weighed in on Country of Origin Labeling, COOL. “It’s pure crap,” Flinchbaugh said. “It has no place in a global economy.”

“I have a difficult time understanding support for mandatory labeling without mandatory animal identification,” Stenholm said.

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