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Statement on NAFTA Progress

August 27, 2018

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Brian Kuehl, Executive Director of Farmers for Free Trade issued the following statement on news that the U.S. and Mexico had reached a preliminary NAFTA deal, paving the way for talks to begin again with Canada.

“While any news of progress on restoring NAFTA certainty is reassuring for American farmers, there are questions that remain on the nature of a final deal. Farmers will ultimately be judging any new NAFTA deal by two crucial measures: will it provide any new market access for American ag exports and will it do anything that erodes the enormous gains the original NAFTA provided? On those points, it will be necessary for Canada to rejoin the negotiations and for an agreement to be reached among all parties before a judgement can be made. American farmers know better than most that a deal isn’t done until the ink is dry and all parties have agreed.

 “For our farmers, whose livelihoods depend on global markets, the end goal remains restoring NAFTA certainty, de-escalating a trade war that’s put them in the crosshairs, and returning to negotiating new trade agreements that open foreign markets hungry for made-in America farm exports.  While we are encouraged the Administration is seeking out NAFTA stability, there is still significant work that remains in delivering on the trade priorities for farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.”

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