AFBF Concerned about Labor, Trade if Border Closed

Dan Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration, Trade

The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging the administration to make sure that any steps undertaken to tighten enforcement at the U.S. border do not create more uncertainty for agricultural producers. “Right now, farmers and ranchers are toughing it out,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “Many of our products are caught up in a trade dispute. Mother Nature has devastated the …

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Talk of Closing Mexico Border Concerns Ag Groups

Dan Labor and Immigration

There has been a lot in the news the past few days about President Trump’s threats to close the southern border unless Mexico takes steps to stop the illegal border crossings. And the possibility of this happening concerns many ag groups. Dairy producers point out that Mexico remains the largest export market for U.S. milk products, accounting for $1.4 billion …

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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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Statement on the Tomato Suspension Agreement

Dan Field Crops, Florida, Industry News Release, Vegetables

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) and other allied groups such as the Border Trade Alliance continue to make misleading statements about the tomato suspension agreement in an apparent attempt to muddy the waters and stoke fear among other agricultural groups in the U.S.  Here are a couple basic points to keep in mind: Support for the termination …

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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, …

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U.S. Pork Losses from Trade Dispute with Mexico: $1.5 Billion

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

Losses Attributed to China Dispute Estimated at $1 Billion The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) called for an end to a trade dispute that has cost U.S. pork producers an estimated $1.5 billion this year, according to Iowa State University Economist Dermot Hayes. “We are very pleased with the new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, one that preserves zero-tariff …

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Agriculture Groups Respond to USMCA Signing

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

American Farm Bureau Federation USMCA Agreement Important Relief for Agriculture The following statement can be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “Today’s signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement continues the progress American farmers and ranchers have made since the North American Free Trade Agreement took effect in 1994. “Agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico increased from $8.9 billion to …

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Secretary Perdue Comments on Signing of USMCA

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement regarding the signing of the new trade pact, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), replacing the outdated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): “I have often said that we live in the best neighborhood on Earth – North America – and the signing of a new trade agreement with Mexico and …