News

Secretary Perdue Statement on Administration’s Intent to Renegotiate NAFTA


Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue issued the following statement today after U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that President Trump intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA):

"While NAFTA has been an overall positive for American agriculture, any trade deal can always be improved. As President Trump moves forward with renegotiating with Canada and Mexico, I am confident this will result in a better deal for our farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers. When the rules are fair and the playing field is level, U.S. agriculture will succeed and lead the world. It's why we recently announced the creation of an undersecretary for trade at USDA, because as world markets expand, we will be an unapologetic advocate for American agriculture. As I have often said, if our people continue to grow it, USDA will be there to sell it," said Secretary Perdue.

Background:

Last week, Secretary Perdue announced the creation of an undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs in the USDA, a recognition of the ever-increasing importance of international trade to American agriculture. The new undersecretary will work hand in hand with Commerce and the USTR and help open up even more markets to American products.

Agricultural trade is critical for the U.S. farm sector and the American economy as a whole. U.S. agricultural and food exports account for 20 percent of the value of production, and every dollar of these exports creates another $1.27 in business activity. Additionally, every $1 billion in U.S. agricultural exports supports approximately 8,000 American jobs across the entire American economy. As the global marketplace becomes even more competitive every day, the United States must position itself in the best way possible to retain its standing as a world leader.

Source: USDA

ProAg News

Top News Stories

Mike's Blog | Transition Part I

A few repeated questions have surfaced after the recent announcement regarding my transition soon from President and CEO of ProAg to Chairman of the Board and then, in 2018, to full retirement. These frequently asked questions give me a chance to jump start the blog and dispense what might pass for wisdom or at least interesting observations....


News Archive

Mike's Blog | Transition Part I

A few repeated questions have surfaced after the recent announcement regarding my transition soon from President and CEO of ProAg to Chairman of the Board and then, in 2018, to full retirement. These frequently asked questions give me a chance to jump start the blog and dispense what might pass for wisdom or at least interesting observations....

U.S. Rice Production Estimates Drastically Reduced

Severe flooding in the mid-south, in particular in Arkansas, the top rice producing state in the country, have forced the industry to drastically reduce estimates for the coming year....


ProAg Quick Links

Agent Toolbox Grower Toolbox Employment
Get ProAg updates via email
Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly. Update my browser now

×

Here for monitoring purposes: "Friendship is the only cure for hatred, the only guarantee of peace." - Buddha