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Wisconsin Leaders Reiterate Support For Preserving & Modernizing NAFTA
Agreement Pivotal To Food & Agriculture Sectors Supporting More Than One Million State Jobs

Wisconsin’s Food & Agriculture Industries Support More Than 1 Million Jobs & Export $1.5 Billion To NAFTA Partners:

Dependent On NAFTA, The Food And Agriculture Sectors Support More Than 1 Million Wisconsin Jobs. (Americans For Farmers & Families, “New Coalition Advocating For North American Free Trade Agreement Modernization Launches Campaign in Wisconsin,” Press Release, 1/25/18)

  • Wisconsin’s Top NAFTA Exports Are Oats, Dairy And Beverages. (“Wisconsin,” Americans For Farmers & Families, Accessed 1/31/18)
  • $1.5 Billion, Or 54 Percent, Of Wisconsin’s $2.7 Billion In Food And Agriculture Exports In 2016, Went To NAFTA Partners. (“Wisconsin,” Americans For Farmers & Families, Accessed 1/31/18)

NAFTA Withdrawal Could Cost The State Of Wisconsin More Than 67,000 Jobs. (“Terminating NAFTA: The National And State-By-State Impacts On Jobs, Exports And Output,” Business Roundtable, January 2018)

AFF Launches In Wisconsin & Partners With State Leaders To Preserve & Modernize NAFTA:

WXOW-TV: “Farmers Are Growing More And More Anxious With The Negotiations Over The North American Free Trade Agreement, Otherwise Known As NAFTA.  Several Wisconsin Farmers Organizations Have Joined A New Coalition In Support Of Keeping The NAFTA Deal Alive.” (Alex Wasilenko, “NAFTA Negotiations Making Local Farmers Anxious, WXOW-TV, 1/29/18)

Door County Pulse: “Several Wisconsin Farmers Organizations Have Joined A New Coalition In Support Of The North American Free Trade Agreement, Or NAFTA.  The Wisconsin Potato And Vegetable Growers Association And The Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association Both Signed On To The New Americans For Farmers & Families Coalition.” (“State News: Solar Tariff, NAFTA, Ethics Leaders,” Dour County Pulse, 1/26/18)

Wisconsin Ag Connection: “Calling Themselves The ‘Americans For Farmers And Families,’ The Groups Said In A Conference Call On Wednesday That NAFTA Is Essential To The Success Of The State’s Farm Sector – Especially The Dairy Industry, Which Is Going Through A Struggling Market Right Now.” (“Wisconsin Farm Groups Tout Importance Of NAFTA,” Wisconsin Ag Connection, 2/15/18)

Wisconsin Leaders Have Reiterated NAFTA’s Importance To The State & The Need To Modernize The Agreement:

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson: “The Fact Of That Matter Is, Mr. President, Wisconsin Operates A Trade Surplus With Both Canada And Mexico, Because We Not Only Export Manufacturing Products But Also Agricultural Products.  And Trade Works Well For Wisconsin.” (“Remarks By President Trump, Vice President Pence, Members Of Congress, And Members Of The Cabinet In Meeting On Trade,” The White House, 2/13/18)

U.S. Representative Mike Gallagher And 31 Freshman House Republicans To U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer “We Recognize That A 23-Year-Old Agreement Needs Updating, And Commend Your Desire To Make Improvements And Ensure Strict Enforcement.  We Are Also Keenly Aware Of The Potential For Damage To U.S. Farmers, Businesses, Manufacturers, Service Providers And Workers If Long-Standing Agreements Are Suddenly Vacated.” (Adam Behsudi, “House Republican Freshmen Show Their NAFTA Love,” Politico, 7/27/17)

Chairman Of The Republican Party of Fond Du Lac County Rohn Bishop: “While Efforts In Washington To Modernize NAFTA Are Good, Withdrawal From NAFTA Cannot And Should Not Happen.  NAFTA Is Too Important To Wisconsin’s Economy And The Jobs Of Wisconsinites.” (Rohn Bishop, “Letter: Without NAFTA, Wisconsin’s Economy Would Take A Hit,” Green Bay Press Gazette, 2/9/18)

Wisconsin Agriculture & Manufacturing Groups Have Continued To Praise NAFTA’s Positive Impacts On Their Industries:

American Dairy Association Member Kari Kuehl: “Dairy Farms In Wisconsin Would Be At Great Risk If The U.S. Pulls Out Of NAFTA.” (Americans For Farmers & Families, “Wisconsin Agriculture Leaders Stress Importance Of NAFTA To Wisconsin’s Farm And Food Economy,” Press Release, 2/14/18)

Wisconsin Potato And Vegetable Growers Association Member Tamas Houlihan: “By Joining Forces In Wisconsin And Nationally, The Agriculture Industry Is Hoping To Send A Clear Message On The Need To Preserve And Enhance NAFTA, Not Withdraw From It.” (“Wisconsin Farm Groups Tout Importance Of NAFTA,” Wisconsin Ag Connection, 2/15/18)

Midwest Food Products Association President Nick George: “We Hope President Trump And Other Key Leaders Understand Just How Devastating A Blow A NAFTA Withdrawal Would Be To Wisconsin’s Producers And Manufacturers.” (Americans For Farmers & Families, “Wisconsin Agriculture Leaders Stress Importance Of NAFTA To Wisconsin’s Farm And Food Economy,” Press Release, 2/14/18)

Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board President Cal Dalton: “Canada And Mexico Are Our Two Biggest Export Markets And We Don’t Want To Lose Them With A NAFTA Breakup.” (John Oncken, “Corn/Soy/Pork Expo: A Working Vacation,” Wisconsin State Farmer, 2/6/18)

American Dairy Coalition Founder And CEO Laurie Fischer: “NAFTA Is Vital To Wisconsin’s Economy, Which Is Why It Is Critical For President Donald Trump To Work On Modernizing The Agreement To Help Strengthen Our Agriculture Industry – Not Withdraw, Which Would Have Immediate Damaging Effects To Our Farmers.” (Laurie Fischer, “Wisconsin Economy Relies On NAFTA,” Wisconsin State Farmer, 2/11/18)

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