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June 15, 2016

“Heather McClung, Washington Brewers Guild president and co-founder ofSchooner EXACT Brewing Company in Seattle, Wash., testified in front of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade about her brewery’s participation in the Brewers AssociationExport Development Program, and the program’s importance to craft brewers and their agricultural partners.

The hearing was held to discuss how Congress can help expand agricultural trade by eliminating barriers to American exporters. McClung was joined by witnesses from the Minnesota Farm Bureau, National Milk Producers Federation, National Pork Producers Council and the Foreman Fruit Company. They covered topics that ranged from geographic indicators to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

In his opening testimony Subcommittee Chairman Dave Reichert of Washington State noted that, “Agricultural exports are not limited to what is grown, raised and harvested in America. Just as important are the products made from what farms produce.” Later in the hearing the chairman made note of the innovation he has seen when visting a few of Washington State’s 300 plus breweries.” – Katie Marisic, Brewers Association

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