“It’s an important committee which I’m really excited to be on,” Allen said Sept. 10. “I’m really excited because I’m from Nebraska and it gives us a voice. It gives agriculture in our state, which is the number one industry in the state of Nebraska, a huge voice on the international trade level.”

Allen says she and the committee are assisted Vilsack and Froman navigate and negotiate with 13 other countries involved with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

While our markets are generally open, U.S. exports face significant barriers abroad. Trade agreements eliminate these barriers and create a more friendly trade environment. They help firms in this country and the millions of workers they employ compete successfully overseas. America’s 20 existing trade agreement partners represent just 10 percent of the global economy but purchase nearly half of all U.S. exports.