On Thursday, the Trump Administration confirmed its intent to proceed with a modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Robert Lighthizer, U.S. Trade Representative, notified Congress of the Administration’s plans.

David Merrell, chairman of the Nebraska Corn Board, urged the Administration to be mindful of NAFTA’s proven success with American agriculture.

“NAFTA is easily the most important trade agreement for Nebraska farmers,” said Merrell.

“If you look at Mexico, it’s not only Nebraska’s largest corn export market, but it’s also the largest corn export market for value-added Nebraska products like dairy and sweeteners.”

“Five high-level grain purchasers from Mexico were in Nebraska earlier this week and their message was crystal clear. They want to continue importing high-quality, U.S. ag goods, but will look elsewhere should free trade no longer be an option.”

“We look forward to working with the Trump Administration and Congress to ensure we maintain and built upon our positive relationships with our NAFTA partners. Our No. 1 priority is preserve market access to satisfy supply and demand.”

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