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Nation’s Ag Leaders Urge Ratification of USMCA

February 26, 2019

Baton Rouge, La. (February 26, 2019) – Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., praised the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) which modernizes the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). “I’m pleased that Canada and Mexico have taken this important step in the right direction toward fair trade and increased market access for American farmers and ranchers,” Strain said. “The deal includes key provisions increasing markets for U.S. rice, wheat, dairy, poultry, eggs and many other agricultural products.”

Currently, 27 percent of all U.S. exports go to Canada and Mexico. “I’m hopeful the USMCA deal will fuel a renewed effort to improve trade tensions with China, a major agricultural market for Louisiana behind Canada and Mexico.

“I urge the U.S. Congress to ratify the USMCA, eliminating tariffs on more than 200 American products and providing a new and improved avenue for trade and economic growth,” Strain added.

Strain is currently in Washington D.C. at a National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) meeting in which the nation’s agriculture leaders develop and advocate public policy and programs that promote the agricultural industry.