Upper Cumberland farmers would benefit from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which would give the Obama Administration fast-track trade authority. That's according to the Tennessee Farm Bureau, which supports trade promotion authority.
The Farm Bureau's Rhedona Rose says, with exports being important to the state's agriculture industry, her organization supports give the President and his staff authority to act fast.
"We think it's important for our negotiators to have the leverage of knowing that they're acting within what Congress would want them to do," Rose said.
Not all farm groups are in agreement on whether giving the President the fast-track authority is a good idea. Karen Hansen-Kuhn with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy says the outcomes of previous deals like NAFTA and CAFTA have proven that this is the wrong way to go.
The debate over the fast track authority comes as the United States is in talks on two huge trade agreements, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, both of which have raised concerns among many food and farm groups.