The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture says a new international trade partnership will help farmers and ranchers in Illinois. That’s if it gains congressional approval.

But some Chicago representatives are already skeptical of the plan.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, known as TPP, was reached last month. But the details haven’t been released to congress yet.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says the partnership will open new market opportunities for the soybean, corn and pork industries in Illinois, among other things.

Illinois Receives Grant to Promote Specialty Crops

Oct 3, 2012
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The USDA is providing more than $630,000 to help strengthen the specialty crop industry in Illinois.  The state also is the largest grower of pumpkins in the U.S. The grant will be used  to support America's specialty crops producers.