Press Releases

March 2017

Minnesota Farm to School bill attracts widespread support at the Capitol

Posted March 12, 2017

Minnesota Farm to School bill attracts widespread support at the Capitol 03/13/2017   Contact:               Erin McKee,, 612-743-2561                ...

January 2017

Farm & Food groups call for new way on NAFTA

Posted January 27, 2017

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 27, 2017   U.S.-Mexico relations should be based on fair trade, not xenophobia Farm and food groups call for prioritizing fair and sustainable rural economies Contacts: Bill Bullard, R-CALF: Lisa Griffith, National Family Farm Coalition:

Trump’s Proposed Ag Secretary Falls Short on Agriculture’s Big Challenges

Posted January 19, 2017

Minneapolis/Washington–One day before his inauguration, President-elect Donald Trump finally announced his nominee to run the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The selection, former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, has no substantial record in addressing several critical challenges for farmers and rural communities...

Rural Minnesotans build community solutions to climate change

Posted January 9, 2017

Minneapolis, MN–The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) and the Jefferson Center, today, released a report detailing two years of work in Greater Minnesota to build community solutions to climate change.   Minnesota’s rural communities face disproportionate risk from climate change....

November 2016

IATP Statement: Derailment of TPP is a victory for Fair Trade Advocates

Posted November 15, 2016

Minneapolis – The derailment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in the lame duck session of Congress marks powerful progress toward fair trade. Since 2010, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, working with a coalition of human rights, environmental, labor and family farm organizations—indeed...

September 2016

The Trans-Pacific Partnership undermines global efforts to address climate change

Posted September 6, 2016

The Trans-Pacific Partnership undermines global efforts to address climate change Minneapolis – Last weekend, US President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping officially signed onto the Paris Agreement on climate. Yet, President Obama is simultaneously pushing a trade agenda that directly undermines the U.S....

July 2016

New Report Documents Corporate Meat’s Takeover Through TTIP

Posted July 13, 2016

Brussels – Today at the European Parliament, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) Europe, Arbeitsgemeinschaft bäuerliche Landwirtschaft e.V. (AbL) (member of peasant farmers’ organisation Via Campesina), Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) and PowerShift released a new report documenting how the...

May 2016

USITC ignores TPP food safety costs, overstates benefits for farmers

Posted May 19, 2016

Minneapolis – The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has published its assessment of the potential impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on the U.S. economy and on the “interests of U.S. consumers,” as required by the Trade Priorities Act. Judging by the agricultural trade deficits...

Leaked TTIP text shows U.S. negotiators push to lower food safety standards, farmer protections

Posted May 2, 2016

Minneapolis – Leaked negotiating texts for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) expose the heavy influence of corporate agribusiness in the negotiations, pushing to lower trade restrictions and public health regulations affecting food production, according to analysis of the texts by the...

April 2016

Minnesota Farm and Rural Groups Join 150+ Organizations to Ask Congress to Reject TPP, Stand Up for Independent Farmers and Ranchers

Posted April 27, 2016

Minneapolis/St. Paul – The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has become a divisive issue in the nation’s capital, and criticism intensified after 161 food, farm, faith and rural organizations, including four from Minnesota, sent a letter to Capitol Hill today, urging lawmakers to reject the trade pact....