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NGFA and Leaders of U.S. Food & Ag Dialogue For Trade Commend USTR on NAFTA Notification

Date Posted: May 18, 2017

Washington - May 18, 2017 - The National Grain and Feed Association is a leader on the Implementing Team of the U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade (Dialogue), which today commended U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer for officially notifying Congress given the Trump administration's previously announced intent to negotiate a "modernization" of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada.

"Our North American trading partners represent U.S. food and agriculture's largest export market, with total U.S. agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico more than quadrupling since NAFTA came into effect," said Dialogue Implementing Team Co-Chairs Gary Martin, president and chief executive officer of the North American Export Grain Association, and William Westman, senior vice president for international affairs with the North American Meat Institute.

"As modernization of NAFTA is negotiated, it is critical to preserve the considerable gains that have been achieved for U.S. food and agriculture.

"We look forward to consulting with the administration, and interacting with Congress and other entities to incorporate the views of the U.S. Food & Ag Dialogue for Trade as the U.S. negotiating position is developed."

More than 200 associations, companies and individuals nationwide currently participate in the Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade.

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