Today on AgriTalk, Sec. Sonny Perdue, former USDA Sec. Tom Vilsack, and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) are discuss the USMCA.
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue talks about the last-minute win with Canada on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), saying it has “been important” to Canada and the hard deadline is what got it done. He credits President Trump and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer for “holding strong.” He also discusses potential trade deals with India and Japan and the expiration of the 2014 farm bill.
Former Secretary of Agriculture and current president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council Tom Vilsack says the USMCA is good news for the dairy industry because it will allow for new market access in Canada. He says this is better than the Trans-Pacific Partnership since the U.S. won’t have to “share” the market with other countries.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) is encouraged with the USMCA and says it “is a step in the right direction.” She says the renegotiation of NAFTA hasn’t been about agriculture, but it has mostly been about automobiles. Sen. Heitkamp explains that Title 1, not the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), was the hold up.