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For Immediate Release:
Contact: Lauren Aronson
(201) 213-5004
press@americansforfarmersandfamilies.com

August 27, 2018

Americans For Farmers & Families Statement On NAFTA Progress: Farmers Are Eager To See This Momentum Continue

(Washington, D.C.) – Americans for Farmers & Families (AFF) today released the following statement from Casey Guernsey, a seventh-generation farmer and spokesman for AFF’s “Retaliation Hurts Rural Families” initiative following the Trump Administration’s announcement on North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations:

“Today’s announcement is a big step forward, and farmers are eager to see this momentum continue. Mexico is a critical market for American agriculture. Since NAFTA’s implementation in 1994, agricultural and related exports from the U.S. to Mexico have increased by more than 450 percent. And as the third largest importer of U.S. beef, Mexico is a trading partner that cattle ranchers like me rely on to grow our businesses – making our local communities and nation’s economy even stronger.

“By clearing the way for Canada to rejoin negotiations, this progress provides farmers with a renewed sense of hope. As President Trump works to resolve disputes with other trading partners, finalizing this important trade deal will be a significant win – one that not only expands opportunities for farmers and families across North America, but also one that sets the standard for strong U.S. trade agreements in key markets around the world.”

BACKGROUND

U.S. Exported $243 Billion Worth Of Goods To Mexico In 2017, A 484 Percent Increase Since NAFTA’s Implementation In 1994. (“Mexico,” Office Of The United States Trade Representative, Accessed 7/30/18)

Mexico Is Our Third Largest Agricultural Export Market, With The U.S. Exporting $19 Billion Worth Of Agricultural Goods To Mexico In 2017. (“Mexico,” Office Of The United States Trade Representative, Accessed 7/30/18)

Top U.S. Agricultural Exports To Mexico, Include Corn, Soybeans, Pork, Dairy And Beef. (“Mexico,” Office Of The United States Trade Representative, Accessed 7/30/18)

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