National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Bill Donald today, Oct. 3, 2011, welcomed news that President Obama sent the three pending Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Colombia, Panama and South Korea to Congress. Donald said the long-awaited agreements moved from the president’s desk to Congress, which he called very encouraging but also cautioned that the agreements are far from implemented.

“Today marks the biggest leap forward we have seen in nearly five years when the trade pact with Colombia was signed,” said Donald. “Rural America is nearing a historic moment. These three agreements will create roughly 250,000 jobs right here in the United States and increase profitability for our nation’s family farmers and ranchers.