The biotech portion of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is just one example of several new ag provisions that were added during the overhaul of the North American Free Trade Agreement – NAFTA 2.0 as some are calling it - over the past year of negotiations.
The successful renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement could turn out to be a hollow victory for some of the largest U.S. cheese companies if the Trump administration doesn’t pull back its steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexico.
The president revealed this week he has no intention of backing off the use of tariffs – not even with allies Mexico and Canada, who are retaliating with tariffs of their own on billions of dollars of U.S. agricultural goods.
U.S. and Canadian negotiators have reached an eleventh-hour agreement assuring Canada will be part of the renegotiated North American trade pact that is to be renamed the United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement. As part of the deal, Canada agreed to eliminate its controversial Class 7 dairy pricing program.
Yet another deadline is looming for U.S. and Canadian negotiators this week as they struggle to find compromises for a deal to make the North American Free Trade Agreement whole again and avert the unknown territory of trying to convert a three-party pact into a two-party accord.
Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Agriculture Committee were united today in their demands that the Trump administration settle its trade battles around the world and start forging new free trade agreements.
The trade deal struck Monday with Mexico is a major respite for the U.S. agriculture sector after enduring one trade disruption after another. But the Trump administration has a long way to go to restore any semblance of normality to the international marketplace that farmers and ranchers increasingly depend on to sell their crops.
There’s plenty for the U.S. agricultural sector to like in the U.S.-Mexico deal announced today, but the biggest win for farmers and ranchers is the agreement to continue the arrangement of zero tariffs on farm goods between the two neighboring countries.