October 13, 2011 7:15 AM

New trade deals bring challenges, opportunities for Latin American farmers

For the past five years, Colombia has been agitating for the United States to ratify a free-trade agreement. On Wednesday, the U.S. Congress did just that, easily approving trade deals with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. But some in this South American nation of 45 million wonder if they are ready for what the finance minister has called a "new era" in commerce.

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