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Rice Industry Advocates For NAFTA’s Preservation & Modernization
U.S. Rice Sales Have Jumped To 800,000 Tons Annually From 300,000 Tons Pre-NAFTA

International Trade Through NAFTA Bolsters U.S. Rice Industry:

The United States Currently Averages Annual Sales Of 800,000 Tons Of Rice, Compared To Sales Of 300,000 Tons Of Rice Pre-NAFTA. (“The Importance Of North American Trade To The U.S. Food & Agriculture Industry,” U.S. Food And Agriculture Dialogue For Trade, Accessed 2/27/18)

Mexico Is Currently The Top Destination For U.S. Rice Exports. (“The Importance Of North American Trade To The U.S. Food & Agriculture Industry,” U.S. Food And Agriculture Dialogue For Trade, Accessed 2/27/18)

Since NAFTA’s Implementation, U.S. Rice Exports To Mexico Have Jumped From Nine Percent Of The U.S.’ Total Rice Exports To 21 Percent. (“U.S. Rice And NAFTA,” Farm Bureau, 5/4/17)

Rice Industry Leaders Have Praised NAFTA’s Positive Impacts On Their Industry:

USA Rice Chairman Brian King: “Everyone In Rice Country And Across U.S. Agriculture Knows How Important NAFTA Is To Our Sector’s Economic Health.  NAFTA Made Mexico Our Number One Export Market And Solidified Our Dominant Position In Canada.  Our Message Is Simple – Modernize NAFTA If Necessary, But Do No Harm To The Rice Industry.” (Terry Simmons, “USA Rice: Industry To Remain Vigilant As Trump Administration Makes NAFTA Renegotiation Official,” USA Rice News, Accessed 2/27/18)

USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward: “We’re Sending A United Message To President Trump That Withdrawal From NAFTA, Or Significant Revisions Would Likely Hurt Everyone Involved – Particularly The Rural, Agricultural-Based Communities That Quite Frankly, Are The Ones Who Made Him President.” (USA Rice, Mexican Rice Council: Leave NAFTA Alone!,” USA Rice, 4/27/17)

USA Rice COO Bob Cummings: “President Trump Has Made Renegotiation Of NAFTA A Key Goal, But We Can’t Forget That NAFTA Is The Single Largest Factor Behind The Critical Importance Of The Canadian And Mexican Markets To Rice And Many Other U.S. Agriculture Exports.  Improving Trade Agreements Is Good, But We Must Preserve What Works And Has Delivered Results For Close To Two Decades.” (Deborah Willenborg, “USA Rice Emphasizes Need To Protect Current NAFTA Trade Agreements, USA Rice, 1/20/17)

U.S. Rice Producers Association President & CEO Dwight Roberts: “I Encourage Anyone Who Plants Rice Or Raises Cattle Or Other Commodities To Be Vocal About NAFTA.” (Ron Smith, “‘Be Vocal About NAFTA’ Implores U.S. Rice Producers Association CEO,” Delta Farm Press, 1/12/18)

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