All eyes remain on Mexico as the U.S. awaits more details on the country’s ongoing push to ban biotech corn. How this trade dispute unfolds could set a precedent for negotiations moving forward, including details within the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told farmers at Commodity Classic last week that Mexico’s decision is not founded in science and that USDA and USTR have started the formal review process under USMCA. Vilsack echoes farm groups, saying now is the time to keep telling the world about the safety of biotech products and ensure the U.S. retains market access.

Access to Mexico’s market is critical for the success of U.S. corn growers. Mexico has been the most prolific U.S. corn purchaser for the past few years, meaning the relationship with corn growers’ southern neighbor remains critical for demand.

Read more on Mexico’s yellow corn dispute here.