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After Tariffs are Removed, What’s Next for USMCA?

Dan Exports/Imports, Legislative, Trade

The tariffs on Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum imports are history, removing a key barrier to ratifying the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA). However, Democrats are still not close to giving full support to the Trump Administration’s biggest trade victory. Agri-Pulse says Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says, “There are still many other issues that are outstanding before Democrats would …

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Commissioner Nikki Fried on Vice President Pence in Florida

Dan Exports/Imports, Florida, Industry News Release, Trade

Vice President Mike Pence visited Jacksonville, Florida to promote the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement, as the Trump Administration faces bipartisan labor, environmental, and agricultural opposition to the deal. Commissioner Nikki Fried offered the following statement: “This supposed ‘better deal’ is a bad deal for Florida farmers, and could put farms out of business. Smoke and mirrors from the White House won’t help our proud but struggling …

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NCBA President asks Congress to Move Swiftly on USMCA

Dan Beef, Cattle, Trade

Last week, the push to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) took National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) officers to Mexico for meetings during the Mexican Cattlemen’s Convention, where they also met with their counterparts from Canada. NCBA President Jennifer Houston notes there is an urgent need to pass USMCA and is asking Congress to move swiftly on it. Houston says USMCA keeps the same access to both Canada …

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Mexican Labor Bill a Step towards USMCA

Dan Trade

Lawmakers in Mexico this week took a step towards implementing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mexico’s Senate approved a bill that overhauls the country’s labor code. The move was a precondition for U.S. Democrats in the House of Representatives for considering the agreement. Bloomberg News reports Mexican lawmakers raced to pass the …

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Congress Returns with Push for USMCA

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

Lawmakers are returning to Washington this week with a renewed industry push to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Following the International Trade Commission Report, few steps remain to reach implementation. Vice President Mike Pence touted the deal during a stop in Michigan last week, and a road tour from Farmers for Free Trade crossed the country building support for passage …

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Livestock Groups Comment on USMCA Report

Dan Cattle, Dairy, Exports/Imports, Livestock, Trade

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) released an economic analysis of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) late last week. The report included an impact of the agreement on the U.S. economy, a required step before Congress can consider ratification of the deal. USITC concluded that USMCA will have an overall favorable impact on the U.S. economy, increasing U.S. exports to Mexico and …

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Trump Wants Quick Action on USMCA

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

President Donald Trump wants lawmakers to move quickly to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The USMCA, Trump’s replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement, is currently being navigated through procedural hurdles before the administration can present the final proposed agreement to Congress. Lawmakers must consider the agreement on a simple yes or no vote, with no amendments, with Trade …

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Ag Officials from Canada, Mexico, to Attend USDA Outlook Forum

Dan Trade

Agriculture leaders of Canada and Mexico are scheduled to speak at the USDA 95th Agricultural Outlook Forum next week. The Department of Agriculture recently announced Minister Lawrence MacAulay of Canada and Secretary Victor Villalobos Arambula of Mexico will join U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue for the forum’s keynote address on February 21. The session will mark the first time …

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Farm Bureau Board Endorses USMCA Agreement

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

The board of directors of the American Farm Bureau Federation recommended swift passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Exports to Canada and Mexico under USMCA’s predecessor, the North American Free Trade Agreement, increased from $8.9 billion to $39 billion yearly. The USMCA would retain those gains while adding improvements in terms of trade for poultry, eggs, dairy and wine. AFBF, …