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Members of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and their state and provincial counterparts from Mexico and Canada today issued a joint communiqué underscoring the role of states and provinces in expanding and improving the competitiveness of North American Trade. North American state and provincial agriculture officials gathered this week for the hybrid 30th annual Tri-National Agricultural Accord.

NASDA President and New York State Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets Richard A. Ball led the U.S. Delegation for the conference.

“This year, we celebrate three decades of collaboration through the Tri-National Agricultural Accord,” said Ball. “By working together as a North American trade alliance, we have and will continue to expand the opportunities of current and future generations of agricultural producers. And there’s no doubt state and provincial governments play an essential role in this success.”

In addition to joint statements on the bilateral meetings with Canada and Mexico, the three countries held productive sessions on combatting the threat of African Swine Fever, improving global climate resiliency through agricultural trade and the importance of cyber security within the food supply chain.

The Tri-National Agricultural Accord is the primary opportunity for senior state and provincial agricultural officials of the United States, Canada and Mexico to work together collaboratively on agricultural trade and development issues. The Accord represents a longstanding commitment to collaboration on trade between the three countries, and the current meeting arrangement dates back to 1992.

Mexico will host the 31st Annual Tri-National Agricultural Accord in 2022.


NASDA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association which represents the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries and directors of the departments of agriculture in all 50 states and four U.S. territories. NASDA grows and enhances American agriculture through policy, partnerships and public engagement. To learn more about NASDA, please visit

Commissioner Richard Ball, Secretary Carlos Muñiz Rodríguez and Minister David Marit hold up the signed communiqué​.

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