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Ag Sector Losing Faith in NAFTA Talks


(Bill Tomson – AgriPulse)

The U.S. farming sector is quickly losing confidence that the Trump administration is looking out for farmers’ interests as it negotiates a new North American Free Trade Agreement.

Representatives of farm groups like the American Soybean Association and the National Association of Wheat Growers mare expressing new concerns after recent comments from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that suggest they don’t understand the potential impact of losing NAFTA for farmers.

With billions of dollars of pork, beef, wheat, rice, corn and soybean sales at stake, U.S. farm groups have become increasingly worried that the Trump administration will scuttle the negotiations and pull out of the existing 23-year-old pact with Mexico and Canada.

Both Ross and Lighthizer have promised in the past that their goals were to “do no harm” to agriculture when it came to rewriting NAFTA, but both have also suggested recently that scrapping the trade pact would not do much harm. Click here to read more.

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