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WASHINGTON – Farmers for Free Trade, the bipartisan coalition supported by ag commodity groups from across the agricultural industry, today announced the Motorcade for Trade tour, a 11 state, 3,500 mile RV tour across the country in support of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The initial two-week leg of the tour, which will take place over the two-week April Congressional recess, will include stops across the Midwest at family farms, coffee shops, ag equipment dealers, small businesses, and more. Events along the tour will highlight American farmers’ reliance on trade with Canada and Mexico, which supports millions of jobs and nearly $40 billion in American exports each year. Several stops will include meetings with member of Congress who will be considering the USMCA agreement.
“This tour will provide an on-the-ground, up-close look at how
American agriculture needs trade with Canada and Mexico to survive,” said Angela Hofmann, co-founder of Farmers
for Free Trade. “Especially right now, American farmers are looking for
a win that provides them certainty and predictability that thier exports will
find open markets across North America. USMCA will provide that win. To help
reinforce for Members of Congress how important trade with Canada and Mexico is
we are going to get out on the farms in their district and talk to the men and
women whose livelihoods are on the line.”
The Motorcade for Trade will be led by a 25 foot
RV that prominently displays key facts and messages on the importance of
agricultural trade with Mexico and Canada. Each stop on the tour will feature
the RV. Meetings and events will include local farmers and producers, members
of Congress, state ag secretaries, former members of Congress, local
officeholders and more. Local statistics on the importance of trade with Canada
and Mexico will also be distributed at all stops along the tour.
The tour will kick off at Kreider Farms in Manheim, Pennsylvania on Friday, April 12th at 9:00 AM. The current list of tour stops follows:
The tour will also include numerous other stops at coffee shops, small businesses dependent on trade and media availabilities. Stops will happen in a total of 11 states that include: Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana.
“We know that passing large trade agreements like USMCA requires the voices and activism of American farmers at the local level,” said Farmers for Free Trade co-founder Brian Kuehl. “With farmers activated and engaged it’s hard for lawmakers to ignore the overwhelming benefits this agreement delivers for the ag community in their own backyard. This tour is a first step in educating many at the grassroots level about what USMCA is, reminding them that it keeps the vital market access NAFTA provides in place and pointing out that it’s up for consideration this year.
Farmers Farmers for Free Trade is a 501 c (4) non-profit dedicated to supporting and expanding export opportunities for American farmers and ranchers. The organization is bipartisan and is co-chaired by former U.S. Senators Max Baucus and Richard Lugar. For more information on Farmers for Free Trade visit farmersforfreetrade.com.
April 10, 2019
March 12, 2019