Corn farmers, cattle ranchers and several others representing U.S. agriculture painted the backdrop for the signing ceremony at the White House. The bilateral trade agreement between the U.S. and Japan will benefit farm country by lifting tariffs on $7.2 billion of U.S. agricultural products. During the ceremony, President Donald Trump described the deal as a “game changer” for farmers and ranchers. “As a result, over 126 million Japanese consumers will have greater access to high quality American products,” said Trump. U.S. Trade Ambassador Robert Lighthizer spoke at the signing ceremony, saying the new terms amount to $55 billion worth of trade. “With this, we’ll have more than 95 percent of the Gross Domestic Product that would have been in the Trans Pacific Partnership.” In the months ahead, negotiations will continue on remaining areas of the trade deal. The first stage of the agreement is expected to be finalized by January 2020. Listen to the story.