NAFTA Negotiations To Soon Begin

A coalition of 85 agriculture-related organizations have drafted a letter warning U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross about the negative impacts of withdrawing from North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

A new round of NAFTA negotiations is set to begin Nov. 17 in Mexico. President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw from the agreement, one he has termed as “one of the worst deals ever made.” At a panel discussion in October, Ross dismissed agriculture sector concerns if the 23-year-old agreement is terminated. He said a withdrawal and the negative impacts to food producers are an “empty threat.”

“As far as I can tell there is not a world oversupply of agricultural products … unless countries are going to be prepared to have their people go hungry or change their diets. I think it’s more of a threat to try to frighten the agricultural community,” he said.

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