New Zealand diplomats visit Minnesota to learn and teach a bit about agriculture. New Zealand's Special Agricultural Trade Envoy Alistair Polson spoke to farming students at South Central College. Polson says he's here to talk to farmers about a possible transpacific partnership. Polson says, "Well it would mean a vast improvement in trade flows. It would mean cheaper goods for consumers and it would mean increased returns for in the case I'm interested for agricultural producers in my country and I believe in the United States for many of your commodities."
He says the new trade partnership would work to drive tariffs down and address other non–tariff barriers that obstruct trade. If everything goes according to plan Polson expects to have the partnership fully established by the end of the year.