The full House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday held a hearing on the North American Free Trade Agreements and renegotiation efforts with Canada and Mexico that will begin in August.
There was one phrase heard over and over from witnesses at the hearing.
U.S. dairy, poultry and egg producers would like to see Canada’s supply management system addressed in the NAFTA renegotiations.
Former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack testified on behalf of the dairy industry.
Reggie Brown of Florida testified on behalf of the nation’s specialty crop producers. He had a dire message to share with lawmakers – warning about the ill effects that NAFTA has had for U.S. fresh fruit and vegetable growers.
Brown responded to a question from Chairman Mike Conaway about how NAFTA has altered the landscape of fruits and veggies in the U.S.
Committee ranking member Collin Peterson of Minnesota, in his opening remarks, repeated his concerns about Canada’s dairy supply management system.