Missouri: Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn Issues Statement of Support for New United States, Mexico and Canada Trade Agreement

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"I am encouraged the Trump administration has reached a deal with the leadership of Mexico and Canada to provide an improved, modernized trilateral trade agreement. Firming up this agreement with Missouri's top two agriculture export partners marks a huge leap forward for our farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses.

"One thing was clear each time I visited Washington, D.C., to advocate for a swift resolution: President Trump and his staff stood relentlessly with American farmers and ranchers. As a livestock and grain farmer myself, I understand the importance of international markets firsthand, especially with our neighbors to the north and south.

"The agreement, as explained by U.S. trade officials, maintains zero tariffs on products traded between the U.S. and Mexico and opens new opportunities for American dairy, poultry, egg and wheat producers in the Canadian market.

"I am also pleased negotiators have agreed to enhance standards for agricultural biotechnology to ensure the innovation that is so critical to Missouri's economy continues to flourish.

"Our team looks forward to reading the text of the agreement. In the meantime, we urge the administration to continue its work to successfully wrap-up trade negotiations with other key trade partners. This has been, and continues to be, a challenging time for my fellow farmers and ranchers. I certainly appreciate the work being done by the Trump administration to provide for more fair and open trade that will yield benefits for years to come."

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