Two of the ag industry’s leading groups — the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) and The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) — applauded today’s final passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
“We applaud the efforts by the Trump administration and lawmakers on Capitol Hill for delivering this historic trade agreement to the finish line,” said ARA President and CEO Daren Coppock. “This agreement will advance the relationship between two of the most important markets for American farmers and agribusinesses.
“Agricultural retailers and their farmer customers will directly benefit from the expanded market access and the preserved zero-tariff platforms among ag products, which is a relief during a challenging time in the ag economy.”
TFI Vice President of Stewardship and Sustainability Lara Moody also welcomed the U.S. Senate’s approval of the USMCA. The historic trade agreement, once signed by President Trump, will strengthen U.S. agricultural exports and provide needed certainty to agricultural markets, she said.
“We commend Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and members of the U.S. Senate for coming together in a bipartisan fashion to overwhelmingly approve the USMCA and we look forward to President Trump signing the deal as quickly as possible,” said Moody. “This new agreement will provide the millions of hard-working men and women in U.S. agriculture with a huge economic win and allow them to compete on the global stage by ensuring that markets with our strongest trading partners remain open and fair. Mexico and Canada are two of the United States’ biggest trading partners and together import over 60% of U.S. agricultural goods.”