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TPP is good for Maryland and America

TPP is good for Maryland and America

This week in Baltimore, the U.S. Agricultural Export Development Council will host its annual meeting, bringing together farmers, ranchers and food processors from across the country toward one common goal: to open new markets overseas to the abundance of high-quality, American-grown and American-made products that come from rural communities right here in Maryland and around the nation.

Opening new markets for exports is, of course, important for farmers and rural communities: Agricultural exports provide 20 percent of farm income and support more than 1 million jobs, many of them in rural communities. Maryland exported more than $767 million in agricultural products in 2013,...