There’s been a lot of stress in the ag community over the re-negotiation of NAFTA. Many fear President Trump will pull the plug and walk away, a situation that doesn’t bode well for the agricultural economy. Last week, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue spoke to farm broadcasters in Kansas City, spending about an hour answering questions candidly, and had this to say regarding NAFTA:
“Obviously, the abundance continues, as we look at the genetics continue to the step increases in corn and soybeans as well, and that means that we do have to find homes for it. And we’re actively out here looking, certainly that means to preserve the homes we already have, and that means NAFTA.
“Obviously, producers around the country know how important NAFTA has been to American agriculture, I assure you the administration knows how important NAFTA is to agriculture.
“And we’re continuing to negotiate, I think there’s probably some room for some anxiety, farmers don’t need much to be anxious about, but room for anxiety, when we see some of the proclamations come out. But, at the end of the day, I think we will get an agreement, I think the president is a tough negotiator, we may go to the brink, but I believe we will get a new, and an even better agreement over NAFTA. Particularly, from the Canadian side, with poultry, dairy, eggs, that kind of thing. But, even with our southern neighbors in Mexico.”
We’ll have further comments from Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue all this week on various topics, such as immigration, the farm bill and more, on Today’s Topic.