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NAFTA at a Crossroads

Posted November 07, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Jacqui Fatka – Farm Futures)

“We are fighting a pervasive view that our economy has not benefited from NAFTA. We are coming to a crossroads, and the decisions made on international trade will determine the future economic success of our country,” Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., said during a U.S. Chamber of Commerce discussion on “The Future of NAFTA: The Stakes for American Agriculture & Business."

Roberts is spot on, and more voices like his need to be heard to continue to make the case of how important NAFTA is for agriculture.

“We must educate. Our message must be clear and consistent in every way. We must commit to challenge this view, set the record straight and explain what is at stake. These issues affect real jobs and real lives,” Roberts said.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross recently made comments that harm to American food and agriculture interests due to potential withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is an “empty threat” because there is “not a world oversupply of agricultural products.” Click here to read more.

Related: As NAFTA Talks Heat Up, Minnesota Ag, Other Industries Weigh In (Star Tribune)