Following a weekend meeting in Canada, House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway said the North American Free Trade Agreement is “too important to screw up.” Conaway took part in a delegation of House members that focused on agricultural trade in a discussion with Canadian officials before this week’s round of NAFTA talks.
In a statement, Conaway said the goal of the meeting was to ensure Canada understand that U.S. agriculture “has a keen interest in getting NAFTA done and done right.” Conaway said U.S. agriculture would continue “to stay at the negotiator’s elbow” throughout the process.
Conaway last week echoed comments from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue that the NAFTA negotiations were not moving fast enough. Representative David Rouzer of North Carolina joined Conaway in Canada, saying the meeting gave the U.S. an “opportunity to demonstrate the importance of the deal for U.S. agriculture.”
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.