For Immediate Release:
Contact: Lauren Aronson
August 16, 2018
Americans For Farmers & Families Statement On One Year Of North American Free Trade Agreement Negotiations
American Producers Need Certainty That The Critical Trade Agreement Will Be Available For Generations To Come
Washington, D.C. – Americans for Farmers & Families (AFF) today released the following statement from Casey Guernsey, a 7th generation farmer and spokesman for AFF’s “Retaliation Hurts Rural Families” initiative one year after the Trump Administration began negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the United States, Canada and Mexico.
“Like any 20-plus-year-old agreement, NAFTA needs an update, and I, like many farmers, have welcomed President Trump’s efforts to improve it to better meet the challenges we are facing decades later. Since 2.0 negotiations started one year ago today, American producers have been roiled with uncertainty about the agreement’s future. One day, talks are progressing, while the next day farmers and families across the heartland are paralyzed with fear after being told that there is no resolution in sight. This lack of trade security is wreaking havoc on our ability to sell our crops and plan for our futures.
“NAFTA has helped the food and agriculture industry grow to support more than 43 million jobs and allowed exporters to sell over $44 billion worth of goods to Mexico and Canada in 2017 alone. By finalizing NAFTA and assuring American producers will continue to enjoy the benefits of the most successful free trade agreement in our nation’s history, President Trump has a unique opportunity to make good on his promise to stand up for rural America and deliver a much-needed win to the farmers who stood by him on election day.
“After more than twenty years, we know that NAFTA has brought unprecedented growth to American producers while saving shoppers money at the checkout counter on everything from corn to clothes. Thankfully, Mexican and Canadian trade officials have recently said they are hopeful an agreement will be reached in the coming weeks and months. After a year of negotiations and a world of uncertainty about what the future of American agriculture will look like, I hope the Trump administration can give American farmers and families the certainty they need to continue exporting their homegrown goods to our neighbors to the North and South and continue creating more jobs and growing our economy here at home.”