AgriGrowth Statement on new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)
Minnesota’s leading agri-business association applauds trade framework
St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota AgriGrowth Council today applauded President Donald Trump, Mexican President-Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and their negotiating teams on finalizing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade framework.
“At a time when Minnesota farmers and food processors are in need of good news, this agreement between the U.S. and our North American trade partners is a blessing,” said Gene Hugoson, Interim Executive Director of AgriGrowth. “Minnesota’s agriculture producers are among the best in the world and we thrive and succeed when we have access to markets.”
The new agreement is particularly positive news for Minnesota dairy producers because the USMCA opens up some of Canada’s dairy market to U.S. farmers.
“The USMCA will bring greater fairness for Minnesota’s dairy industry,” said Pat Lunemann, AgriGrowth board chair and a Minnesota dairy farmer, “Unfair trade practices and inconsistent enforcement have been harming dairy farms in our state and across the U.S. This agreement should also provide more marketing opportunities so that we can provide quality Minnesota dairy products to Canada.”
President Trump and his Mexican and Canadian counterparts are expected to sign the framework by the end of November. It will then be up to Congress to approve the deal, which is likely to come up for a vote next year.
“We believe this new agreement is critically important for our state,” Hugoson continued, “As difficult as it was for our three countries to come to agreement, AgriGrowth and our members hope members of Congress will not take nearly as long to ratify this important trade agreement.”
Minnesota AgriGrowth Council is a non-partisan, non-profit member organization representing the agriculture and food systems industry. AgriGrowth’s strategic approach to policy development, issues management, collaboration and awareness fosters long-term sustainability, competitiveness and business growth. The organization’s diverse membership provides an informed and respected perspective for key influencers and consumers. AgriGrowth’s industry-wide perspective is essential in a state where agriculture and food is the second largest economic driver. More information can be found at agrigrowth.org or by following AgriGrowth’s Twitter account at @mn_agrigrowth.