The President of the Oregon Farm Bureau says other countries would like to buy food and other agriculture products from Oregon, but lawmakers in Washington D.C. aren't doing enough to make more exporting, happen.
President Barry Bushue says the trade blockade is coming from congress as a whole, not necessarily from Representative or US Senators from Oregon.
"The challenge I think we have is that Ameria lags far behind other exporting nations in regards to mulit-lateral or bi-lateral trade agreements with other countries. And that does create a challenge for us that these other countries are able to take advantage of these opportunities at a much faster rate than our congressional folks seem to be able to adopt."
There has been some good recent news on the exporting front. The first blueberries from Oregon were just accepted into Korea.
Bushue says there are 'tremendous opportunities' for explorting Oregon products, especially to rapidly growing countries that have citizens with more discretionary income.
OFB President Barry Bushue was a recent guest on 1110 KBND's Your Town with Lori Raab. He also talked about the impact on Oregon from the nationwide drought and how historic rangeland fires will impact Oregon Ranchers. If you'd like the hear the full interview look under podcasts, and look for the Your Town icon.
Bushue runs a family nursery stock and berry operation near Boring, Oregon, just east of Portland.