President Obama as touting the benefits of the recent Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. Obama said the 12-nation agreement would be a win for American workers, businesses, and the middle class. He noted the commitments in the agreement are enforceable, saying that America can hold other countries accountable through trade sanctions. Obama said exports support 11.7 million jobs, and companies that sell their goods around the world tend to grow faster, hire more employees, and pay higher salaries than those that don’t.

A report on the growing problem of antibiotic resistance in animal agriculture spotlights the need to make finding solutions a top priority. The 14-member Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance in Production Agriculture is composed of agricultural educators, industry leaders, and animal health specialists. The report recommends creating a centralized organization to coordinate public and private efforts to curb resistance. The Center for Disease Control said antibiotic-resistant bacteria cause at least two million human illnesses and 23,000 deaths a year.

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