U.S. farmers' reactions mixed to WTO framework

A general agreement reached this week by World Trade Organization countries to reduce farm subsidies and tariffs was met with both criticism and praise by farm groups in the U.S., with some saying they support the trade liberalization so long as all countries do their part to make it work. A spokesman for Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa., said the trade pact "could be positive depending on how the final negotiations work out." Agricultural issues dominated the WTO negotiations in Geneva that are part of the so-called Doha Round.

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