YEUTTER REITERATES NEED FOR SUPPORT OF GATT GOALS

YEUTTER REITERATES NEED FOR SUPPORT OF GATT GOALS

The requirement for Congress to trim $800 million from the 1991 commodity program budget means farmers will have to look to overseas markets to maintain their income levels, Agriculture Secretary Clayton Yeutter said Thursday.

Mr. Yeutter, speaking at a Commodity Club luncheon here, said farm groups must support the U.S. proposal to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, which calls for an end to restrictive trade barriers that have made American products less competitive.The Uruguay Round of GATT and the development of additional markets outside the United States is critical to U.S. farmers, Mr. Yeutter said. "We will not be generating huge amounts of subsidies over the next five years," he said.

Mr. Yeutter said some commodity groups have been complacent about GATT, believing that the U.S. government would maintain farm income supports if the talks fail.

But that complacency was shaken by news Wednesday from Rep. Leon Panetta, D-Calif., that the farm panel must cut $800 million from commodity programs and come up with an additional $100 million in user fees to balance the budget deficit, Mr. Yeutter said.

''There is no use in operating in a dream world but in a real world of spending cutbacks," Mr. Yeutter said.

Mr. Yeutter said Rep. Panetta's announcement should make the administration's farm bill proposal, which also calls for crop subsidies programs to be cut, more attractive to Congress.