Canada Takes First Step in Ratifying USMCA

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

Last week, Canada took the first step in ratifying the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) that replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Following the Trump administration’s decision to remove section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico, Canada presented the trade agreement to lawmakers that must approve the deal. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland delivered the trade agreement …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …

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 …


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 …