Signing of trade agreement solidifies markets

Today’s action by President Trump to sign the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement promises to secure important markets for California food and agricultural products. California Farm Bureau Federation President Jamie Johansson said the trade agreement assures improved flow of trade with Canada and Mexico.

“President Trump’s signature finalizes U.S. adoption of the agreement and puts us that much closer to realizing its full benefits,” Johansson said. “Once it’s implemented, the agreement will help farmers, ranchers and thousands of other Californians whose jobs are tied to agricultural exports.”

Canada ranks second among foreign customers for California farm products; Mexico ranks fifth. Combined farm exports to the two nations totaled more than $4.3 billion in the most recent statistics.

“Agricultural exports add vitality to rural areas and create urban jobs at ports, marketing firms and other businesses,” Johansson said. “The USMCA will help California farmers and ranchers retain and enhance sales throughout North America.”

The president’s signature means the U.S. and Mexico have ratified the agreement. The Canadian Parliament is expected to vote on the agreement soon.


The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of nearly 34,000 members statewide and as part of a nationwide network of more than 5.5 million Farm Bureau members.

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