North American State & Provincial Agriculture Officials Gather for Trade Talks

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Members of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and their counterparts from Mexico and Canada gathered today in Denver, Colorado to open the 26th annual Tri-National Agricultural Accord. The Tri-National Agricultural Accord represents a longstanding commitment among the senior state and provincial agricultural officials of Canada, the United States, and Mexico to work together collaboratively on agricultural trade and development issues. The vital importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for the agriculture and food processing economies of all three countries is the key focus of this year’s Accord.

“We have the largest U.S. delegation in Accord history gathered here this week in a strong statement of U.S. agriculture’s commitment to maintaining the vital relationship we have with Mexico and Canada,” said NASDA President and Connecticut Commissioner of Agriculture Steven Reviczky. “As NAFTA negotiations continue, we as state leaders are committed to advocating for a modernized NAFTA that preserves the gains agriculture has made to ensure agricultural trade with our North American neighbors will continue to grow and prosper.”

Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown is hosting this year’s Tri-National Accord. The U.S. Delegation is led by NASDA President and Connecticut Commissioner of Agriculture Steven Reviczky, with Michigan Director of Agriculture Jamie Clover Adams chairing the U.S.-Canada Bilateral and Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese chairing the U.S.-Mexico Bilateral. The Canadian delegation is led by Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal and the Mexican delegation is led by Jalisco Secretary of Rural Development Héctor Padilla Gutiérrez.

NASDA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association which represents the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries, and directors of the departments of agriculture in all fifty states and four U.S. territories. NASDA grows and enhances agriculture by forging partnerships and creating consensus to achieve sound policy outcomes between state departments of agriculture, the federal government, and stakeholders.