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North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

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Everett Griner talks about trade future for NAFTA and TPP in today’s Agri View. Continue reading

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Everett Griner talks about agriculture trade will see changes in today’s Agri View.

Changes Expected

Farm organizations are waiting to see what the new administration’s posture on agriculture is going to be. Mr. Trump has had very little to say about agriculture directly. You can expect some, perhaps a great deal, of rhetoric on international trade. With issues like NAFTA, that’s the North American Free Trade Agreement, covers all trade. Not just farm trade. Farm organizations have always maintained that U.S. farmers don’t get a fair deal with NAFTA. And as China’s population continues to increase and its economic status the Chinese government will seek better trade deals with everybody. Especially the United States. Meanwhile, in Washington the national political face of agriculture is going to change. A new Agriculture Committee Chairman plus several new faces on the standing committee. I’d expect next year to be quite different for all of agriculture.

That’s Agri View for today. I’m Everett Griner.

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An open markets advocate told the National Farmers Union’s political action committee that Donald Trump should make it a goal to re-establish country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for beef and pork during the upcoming NAFTA negotiations. Continue reading

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Senior officials from Canada and Mexico say re-negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will happen with all nations at the table. The trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico is being targeted by President Donald Trump for “tweaking.” Continue reading

As President Donald Trump gets set to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), U.S. state directors of agriculture are weighing in on which parts of the agreement they’d like to see fixed. Continue reading

Group Urges U.S. Governors to Aid in Preserving Export Markets and ‘Consider All Tools at Their Disposal’

The U.S. dairy industry continued to push back against Canada’s protectionist policies that are effectively blocking American dairy imports into the country in violation of international agreements. A group of 17 dairy companies representing dairy farmers and processors from coast to coast asked governors in 25 states to urge Canadian policymakers to uphold existing trade commitments with the United States and halt the imminent implementation of a national strategy that would unfairly subsidize Canadian dairy products in its domestic and global markets. Continue reading

The Hagstrom Report says 133 food and agriculture industry groups sent a letter to President Donald Trump this week urging him to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement, while “preserving and building on the gains that have been made.” The letter was released by the Corn Refiners Association, whose high-fructose corn syrup is a major export to Mexico. The letter notes that U.S. food and agricultural exports have produced a trade surplus for nearly 50 years. Continue reading

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) urged the Trump Administration not to retreat from pursuing new trade opportunities in the Pacific Rim, and to protect the agricultural trade relationship between the United States and Mexico. Continue reading



Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman was the U.S. Trade Representative under George W. Bush, and he’s cautioning President-elect Donald Trump against walking away from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Continue reading

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