(Alan Bjerga – Bloomberg)
The head of the top U.S. agriculture group said farmers want “a seat at the table” in trade talks to prevent a collapse of deals that would harm their exports, joining the nation’s biggest business lobby in warning against upending the North American Free Trade Agreement.
“We can’t sit aside while other countries work out trade deals among themselves,” Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation in Washington, said in a conference call announcing the group is joining of Farmers for Free Trade, an umbrella group of agricultural organizations and agribusiness promoting exports.
The group is launching amid worries that the renegotiation of NAFTA, set to resume Wednesday in Washington, may be stalling, with concerns about Canadian dairy programs and Mexican competition with Florida fruit and vegetable growers impeding progress. President Donald Trump has threatened to scrap the agreement and said in an interview with Forbes published Tuesday that he thinks NAFTA will have to be terminated. Click here to read more.