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Farm tariffs might go

(Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002 -- CropChoice news) --

The Washington Post

U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick has served notice to American farmers that the Bush administration may be willing to end agricultural tariffs as part of an effort to remove global trade barriers. Zoellick has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission, an independent agency, to estimate the effects on the economy of eliminating duties on hundreds of farm products, including orange juice, sugar and dairy goods, which are among the most highly protected. A new law expanding President Bush's authority to negotiate trade agreements requires a review before tariffs can be halted on "sensitive" products.