Local Farm Members Concerned about NAFTA

<p>Mary Alice Reporting:

(Friday, February 9th) New Philadelphia, Ohio – Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau members express concerns over renegotiations or a possible pull-out of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

County Bureau President Jim Rowe says the specific concern is over dairy products shipped to Mexico and Canada. He notes around 19% of U.S dairy is exported.

“Anything that disrupts that effects our price, and a 1 or 2 percent change is going to force more milk in the domestic food chain and there simply isn’t any market for it right now.”

Rowe adds that in January, he attended the Annual American Farm Bureau convention where President Donald Trump spoke about NAFTA.

“He reassured us that they are working on trade agreements. He really didn’t have a problem with NAFTA other than it wasn’t a good enough deal with the United States and they’re hopeful they can come up with a deal that’s just as good or better. That’s what we’re hoping for. That they follow through with what they say they are going to do.”

Another trade product concern is the $2.6 million industry of corn imports to Mexico.

NAFTA was enforced in 1994 eliminating tariffs and most quantity product restriction trades between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

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