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Chairman Roberts Hears from Administration on Current, Future Ag Trade Efforts

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today held a hearing titled, “Certainty in Global Markets for the U.S. Agriculture Sector.”

Below are Chairman Roberts’ remarks as prepared for delivery:

"Good morning. I call this meeting of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry to order.

Ambassador Doud, Undersecretary McKinney, and Dr. Johansson, we are happy to have you all back again before the Committee to discuss the need for certainty in our global agricultural markets...

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Jun 13 11:48 AM, General News



NAMI Joins More than 950 Groups to Call for Swift Congressional Ratification of the USMCA

The North American Meat Institute today joined more than 950 organizations representing the U.S. food and agriculture industries to urge Members of Congress to swiftly ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

In a letter sent to Congress, more than 950 groups representing the U.S. food and agriculture value chain at the national, state and local levels called on Congress to support the ratification of USMCA. The letter reiterates that USMCA will benefit the U.S. agriculture and food industry while providing consumers a more abundant supply of high-quality, safe food at affordable prices...

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Jun 11 11:58 AM, General News


NPPC Appeal: Let's Move Forward with USMCA, Leave Tariffs at Zero

In response to President Trump’s plan to impose five percent tariffs on all Mexican imports as of June 10, 2019, David Herring, president of the National Pork Producers Council and a pork producer from Lillington, North Carolina, issued the following statement:

“We appeal to President Trump to reconsider plans to open a new trade dispute with Mexico. American pork producers cannot afford retaliatory tariffs from its largest export market, tariffs which Mexico will surely implement. Over the last year, trade disputes with Mexico and China have cost hard-working U.S. pork producers and their families approximately $2.5 billion.

“Let’s move forward with ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, preserving zero-tariff pork trade in North America for the long term; complete a trade agreement with Japan; and resolve...

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May 31 9:35 AM, General News


Perdue Responds to UGA Study on USMCA

The University of Georgia recently published a study claiming the new United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement would cost some Georgia vegetable and fruit growers revenue and jobs. The sensational assertions are flat wrong. As a proud UGA alumnus, I’m here to tell you USMCA is good for Georgia’s farmers and all American agriculture.

Chapter by chapter, verse by verse, USMCA improves virtually every component of NAFTA and Georgia’s agriculture industry stands to gain significantly. It’s important to note we didn’t get all the improvements we wanted for seasonal fruits and vegetables. While we were hopeful we could make progress in the renewed NAFTA, USMCA isn’t a step backward. The UGA study assumed we lost ground, but the facts are it wasn’t ground we had to begin with. Since the inception of NAFTA more than 20 years ago, agricultural trade between our three countries has...

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May 29 10:04 AM, General News


Industry Reacts to U.S. Lifting Metal Tariffs on Canada and Mexico 

On Friday, the United States and Canada announced a deal to remove tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum in exchange for keeping dumped metals from China and other countries out of the United States, paving the way for a similar pact with Mexico. The quota-free deal eliminated the U.S. metal tariffs as well as Canada's retaliatory tariffs on about $12 billion worth of U.S. products, including pork and beef. The 25% tariff on steel and 10% tariff on aluminum from Canada and Mexico were a major hurdle to ratification of the new trade deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue stated that Congress should swiftly move to ratify the USMCA after the Section 232 Tariffs were removed from Canada and Mexico. "The announcement is a big win for American agriculture and the economy as a whole. I thank President Trump for negotiating a great deal and for negotiating the removal of these tariffs...

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May 21 8:14 AM, Urner Barry


Farm Bureau Gives Agricultural Trade Outlook for 2019

American Farm Bureau Federation policy experts gave an overview of the issues expected to affect farmers and ranchers in 2019 in a workshop at the organization’s 100th Annual Convention.

David Salmonsen, senior director of congressional relations for AFBF, said the diverse impacts of tariffs, the outcomes of free trade agreement negotiations and the future of relations with China are all critical for the future of ag exports and the growth of American agriculture

Salmonsen discussed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and outlined the process for ratification. “It could be quick or it could be slow, but there is a timeline that has to be followed,” Salmonsen said.

If USMCA is implemented, it will increase quota access for U.S. dairy products into Canada and end...

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Jan 14 9:51 AM, General News


Meat Institute Applauds Signing of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement

Attribute Statement to Meat Institute President and CEO Julie Anna Potts:

 “The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) applauds the recent signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, which modernizes the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). USMCA represents a positive step in preserving duty-free access to two of the U.S. meat and poultry industry’s most critical foreign markets.

Under NAFTA, U.S. meat and poultry exports to Mexico and Canada have thrived as import duties were removed and non-scientific barriers to trade have been significantly reduced. The North American market for the meat and poultry industry is nearly completely integrated, and this integration is essential to its long-term viability ...

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Dec 3 2:30 PM, General News


U.S. Pork Losses from Trade Dispute with Mexico: $1.5 Billion

Losses Attributed to China Dispute Estimated at $1 Billion

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has called for an end to a trade dispute that has cost U.S. pork producers an estimated $1.5 billion this year, according to Iowa State University Economist Dermot Hayes.

“We are very pleased with the new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, one that preserves zero-tariff pork trade in North America for the long term,” said NPPC President Jim Heimerl, a pork producer from Johnstown, Ohio. “But, it’s imperative that we remove U.S. tariffs on Mexican metal imports so that retaliatory tariffs of 20 percent against U.S. pork are lifted.”

Dr. Hayes estimates that live hog values this year have been reduced by $12 per animal due to retaliatory tariffs imposed by Mexico against U.S. pork in June. The loss estimate of $1.5 billion is based on...

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Dec 3 10:15 AM, General News


USMEF Statement on Developments at G-20 Summit

At the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was signed and the White House announced that the U.S. and China will enter negotiations on several key trade issues, including agricultural trade.

U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Dan Halstrom issued the following statement:

USMEF supports the Trump administration’s efforts to finalize the USMCA and to continue seeking resolution of the metal tariffs dispute with Mexico and Canada, which resulted in retaliatory duties on U.S. pork and beef. U.S. meat exports have also become... 

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Dec 3 10:09 AM, General News


Meat Institute Testifies at Hearing Assessing Economic Impact of New U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

SVP of International Affairs Bill Westman underscores importance of North American trade for U.S. meat sector

North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) Senior Vice President of International Affairs Bill Westman today emphasized the critical importance of the Canadian and Mexican export markets to the long-term economic strength of the U.S. meat and livestock sectors in testimony before the U.S. International Trade Commission. During the hearing, which sought input on the economic impact of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), Westman affirmed that...

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Nov 19 9:26 AM, General News


New Report Finds Retaliatory Tariffs will Negate USMCA Export Gains

Market access improvements included in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which are expected to increase U.S. agricultural exports by $450 million, mostly in the poultry and dairy sectors, will be offset by retaliatory measures taken by Canada and Mexico in response to the U.S.’s steel and aluminum import tariffs, according to a new analysis commissioned by the Farm Foundation.

Under the USMCA, meat product exports are projected to...

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Nov 6 8:57 AM, General News


USMCA: What They Are Saying About the New Trade Deal

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig: “This is the welcome news our farmers need as they bring in this year’s harvest and plan for 2019. Canada and Mexico are our first and second largest trading partners. This agreement brings much needed certainty to our producers and ensures access to these critical markets going forward.”

Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles: “Excited to hear about the new trade deal with Canada and Mexico. Our producers need the certainty that comes from trade. Looking forward to getting the full details of #USMCA in the coming days #KyAg365."

Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain: “I’m pleased that Canada and Mexico have taken this important step in the right direction toward fair trade and increased market access for American farmers and ranchers. The deal includes key provisions regarding U.S. wheat, dairy, poultry and eggs. I’m hopeful the USMC deal will fuel a renewed effort to improve trade tensions with China, a major agricultural market for...

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Oct 3 4:50 PM, General News


USMEF: Retaliatory Duties Imposed on Certain Products Remain in Place, For Now, Under USMCA

On Sept. 30, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that the U.S. and Canada, along with Mexico, had reached an agreement in principle on a modernized trade agreement.

In response to the announcement, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Dan Halstrom issued the following statement:

According to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), all food and agricultural products that have zero tariffs under NAFTA will remain at zero tariffs under the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. While this is very positive news for the U.S. red meat industry, it is important to note that the retaliatory duties imposed by Mexico on U.S. pork and by Canada on U.S. prepared/cooked beef products remain in place. These duties were...

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Oct 3 10:28 AM, General News


NTF Statement on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Turkey Federation (NTF) released the following statement on the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) agreement: 

“Mexico and Canada are key export markets for the U.S. turkey industry. The USMCA will help to ensure that America’s turkey growers and processors have fair access to these markets and takes important steps to stabilize the U.S.’s trade relationship with our neighbors. The agreement will result in a 29 percent increase in U.S. exports to Canada. Robust export markets are vital in growing the turkey industry. When given the chance to compete head-to-head on price and quality, U.S. turkey producers have shown their ability to respond in providing the world with wholesome, delicious turkey products. There are many...

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Oct 2 8:40 AM, General News


Meat Institute Applauds Announcement of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement

Urges swift Congressional ratification and implementation

Washington, DC -- The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) applauds the Trump Administration’s successful efforts to reach an agreement with Canada and Mexico to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), renamed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. The agreement represents a positive step in preserving duty-free access to two of the U.S. meat and poultry industry’s most critical foreign markets.

“Under NAFTA, U.S. meat and poultry exports to Mexico and Canada have thrived as import duties were removed and non-scientific barriers to trade have been significantly reduced,” said Meat Institute President and CEO Julie Anna Potts. “The North American market for the meat and poultry industry is nearly completely integrated and is essential to...

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Oct 2 8:36 AM, UB Newswires


NCBA: New US-Mexico-Canada Agreement "Great News" for Cattle Producers

Kevin Kester, a fifth-generation California rancher and President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, today released the following statement in response to news that negotiators have reached agreement on a new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement:

“This new agreement is great news for American cattle producers, and another sign that President Trump’s overall trade strategy is working. Over the past quarter century, free and open trade between the United States, Mexico, and Canada has been tremendously successful for our producers, and we’re pleased that we’ll be able to maintain our existing market access while seeing other U.S. producers get a better deal than they’ve gotten in the past. Hopefully Congress will approve this new deal early next year and...

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Oct 2 8:33 AM, General News


Secretary Perdue Statement on United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement regarding the announcement of a United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):

“The great news of a new USMCA deal is important for our economy as a whole, including the agricultural sector, which counts Canada and Mexico in our top three trading partners. I have long said that I believe our country is located in the best neighborhood on Earth – North America – with valuable allies to our north and south. We have secured greater access to these vital markets and will maintain and improve the highly productive integrated agricultural relationship we have as nations. Notably, as one of the President’s top goals, this deal eliminates Canada’s unfair ‘Class 7’ milk pricing scheme, cracks open additional access to U.S. dairy into Canada, and imposes new disciplines on Canada’s supply management system. The agreement also preserves and expands critical access for U.S. poultry and egg producers and addresses Canada’s discriminatory wheat grading process to help U.S. wheat growers along the border become more competitive... 

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Oct 1 2:18 PM, General News




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