TPP

Nicole Erwin, Ohio Valley ReSource

Dairy farmers in the Ohio Valley are feeling pressure from a market that is flooded with milk. Prices have plummeted amid supply from foreign producers and larger operations squeezing out small farmers. The crisis has dairy farmers rethinking the U.S. market system and looking to other countries for solutions.   

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While Congressman James Comer has served as Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner and spent more than a decade in the Kentucky House of Representatives, he is new to Washington D.C., having won the District 1 seat in western Kentucky last November, formerly held by Rep. Ed Whitfield. Comer stopped by WKMS on his way to a speaking engagement to speak with Matt Markgraf about his thoughts on President Trump, legislative priorities, trade deals and hemp.

Becca Schimmel | Ohio Valley ReSource

Donald Trump campaigned with tough talk on trade. How will his trade policies as president affect the Ohio Valley’s economy? Becca Schimmel of the Ohio Valley ReSource spoke with business leaders and economists on both sides of the trade debate and found them skeptical about Trump’s ability to make big changes.

Alexandra Kanik, Ohio Valley ReSource

Whoever wins the presidency in 2016, one of the central issues they'll face is the concern of many voters that American jobs are falling victim to free trade while wages stagnate. Murray State University Professor Emeritus of History and Commentator Dr. Bill Schell breaks down this concern and offers a way the next White House occupant could address it.

Becca Schimmel

 

 

Trade has emerged as a potent issue this election season, with the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, a flash point in the political debate. The stakes are high for the Ohio Valley region, where thousands of workers and billions of dollars in goods could be affected by the outcome of this trade agreement.

To learn more, I visited two manufacturing companies in the Bowling Green, Kentucky, area: conveyer-belt maker Span-Tech and auto parts maker Trace Die Cast.