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Farm Bureau asks for swift USMCA approval

Created: 12/11/19 (Wed) | Topic: Issues

“We urge members of Congress to swiftly approve the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement,” AFBF President Zippy Duvall said in a statement issued Tuesday after a revised version of the agreement was signed, a significant step toward bringing the deal across the finish line.

“Agriculture is at a critical crossroads with the downturn in commodity prices, losses from natural disasters and the trade war. This is an opportunity for Congress not only to help U.S. farmers and ranchers turn the corner on trade, but also show that Washington can still get things done on a bipartisan basis.

“Ratification of the USMCA would build on the momentum of the U.S.-Japan agreement, which gave a major boost to American agricultural products in our fourth-largest market, and send a signal that the U.S. is back in business in the international marketplace.”

Duvall also urged Congress to work toward speedy approval of USMCA. “America’s farms and ranches are depending on you,” he said.

If you have not yet urged our congressional delegation to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, now is the time to do so. Congressional activity on the USMCA is imminent, but a chorus of voices calling for immediate ratification is needed to ensure this deal makes it across the finish line.

The U.S. exported $40 billion worth of farm goods to Canada and Mexico last year. Those exports included multiple commodities from across the country, which makes passage of USMCA vital to every state.

You can use NDFB's Action Alert system to easily send your message to our congressional delegation.

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