Friday, July 28, 2017

Cattlemen's group weighs in on NAFTA renegotiation

From a news release:
On July 26, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) submitted official written testimony for the House Committee on Agriculture’s public hearing on Renegotiating NAFTA: Opportunities for Agriculture. The testimony outlines USCA’s priorities for a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement, and echoes the verbal testimony provided by USCA President Kenny Graner on this same topic to the ITC earlier this month. USCA’s focus for any NAFTA renegotiations remain on addressing subsidy disparities for Canadian and Mexican cattle producers, establishing a WTO-compliant country-of-origin labeling program for beef products, and adjusting the growing trade deficit.

The following statement may be attributed to USCA President Kenny Graner:

“USCA looks forward to working with the Administration and Congress to address the issues raised by U.S. cattle producers in future NAFTA renegotiations. Based on the priorities outlined by USTR earlier this month, the needs of cattle producers are still not being met. Any renegotiation of NAFTA must include a path forward on origin labeling. The current trade disparities between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, won’t change unless all factors affecting the situation are addressed. There must be a level and fair playing field when it comes to trade and USCA will continue working toward achieving that as any negotiations moved forward.”

Click HERE to read the full testimony.
In recent days, we have reported that Canada's agriculture minister urges caution on NAFTA talks and that former ag secretary Tom Vilsack, now a dairy industry representative, sees high stakes for the dairy industry in a NAFTA do-over. My colleague Carol Ryan Dumas is gathering input from the beef industry on the NAFTA issue. Look for her story soon at CapitalPress.com.

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