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WASHINGTON AG, FOREST GROUPS VOICE STRONG OPPOSITION TO ADAMS/LEAHY BILL RESTRICTING EXPORTS OF PRIVATE LOGS

 WASHINGTON AG, FOREST GROUPS VOICE STRONG OPPOSITION
 TO ADAMS/LEAHY BILL RESTRICTING EXPORTS OF PRIVATE LOGS
 OLYMPIA, Wash., June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Washington Agricultural Export Alliance (WAEA):
 Sen. Adams' new timber bill will slash America's future timber supply, trample private property rights and undermine agricultural trade in the Northwest, said Washington farm leaders today.
 A broad-based statewide group of agriculture, timber and trade associations, represented by the WAEA are emphatically opposed to the restrictions on private logs contained in legislation introduced today by Sen. Brock Adams, D-Wash., and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.
 "This legislation will simply drive the private tree farmer out of business," stated Nels Hanson, from the Washington Farm Forestry Association and member of the WAEA. "When a tree farmer plants his crop, he expects to receive a return on his investment in 50-60 years. If you take away our markets and profits, how can we continue to grow trees for the future?"
 Darrell Turner, president, Washington State Farm Bureau, said, "Once again, Sen. Adams is serving the demands of the national environmental groups rather than the needs of farmers in the Pacific Northwest. What Sen. Adams needs to do is sponsor a bill that encourages tree farmers to stay in the business, not get out of the business. His proposals will simply drive our foreign customers to other markets, increase America's trade deficit and eliminate tree farms as a viable timber supply."
 "The wheat industry of Washington would have to view restrictions on the export of any agricultural commodity produced on private lands as unacceptable," quoted Don Blankenship, president, Washington Association of Wheat Growers. "The export market is vital to our wheat growers, and we object strongly to any legislation which will hurt our markets."
 Washington Cattlemen's Association President John Krogh explained, "Banning exports of private logs is simply another obstacle for our U.S. GATT negotiators. It doesn't make sense to complain about trade barriers from other countries, at the same time that we create them ourselves. The world market is delicately balanced, and this legislation will tip the boat for all agricultural commodities."
 "Legislation that takes away our right to sell any property overseas, for any reason short of a declaration of war and a complete blockade, undermines the very foundation of our basic free enterprise, capitalistic system of government," stated Pat Zimmerman, wheat farmer and president of the Washington Women Involved in Farm Economics.
 The WAEA will work closely with other resource industries, communities and organized labor from across the country to defeat this unacceptable piece of legislation.
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 /CONTACT: Linda Johnson of the Washington Agricultural Export Alliance, 206-786-0182/ CO: Washington Agricultural Export Alliance ST: Washington IN: PAP SU: LEG


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