NCGA Says No To Possible Early Withdrawal of NAFTA

The National Corn Growers Association is committed to creating new market opportunities abroad for U.S. corn producers, which means more market access around the world. It also means securing the important trade markets of Canada and Mexico, getting some stability back into those relationships with the U.S.A.’s North American trading partners. NCGA says that the first NAFTA has been an unprecedented success in helping America’s corn producers. Going back to 1994, American corn exports to these regional partners have increased 300 percent. Mexico is now the top destination for U.S. corn exports. Recent corn exports to Mexico were up 13 percent for 2017-2018 when compared to the previous year. The total reached a record high of 15.7 million tons, or 618 million bushels. As Congress begins to consider the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, it is impreative that the Administration not withdraw from NAFTA before the new agreement is officially ratified. Earlier reports have President Trump considering early withdrawal of NAFTA as a way to pressure Congress into approving the deal. However, NCGA says those markets are vital to U.S. corn farmers and far too important to potentially put at risk.