While NAFTA talks are still ongoing, the Trump administration has made some bold moves last week when they decided to go ahead with steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico.
That move left a lot of people shaking their heads and drew ire from those in the farming community because the ag industry will see much of the retaliation for those moves.
Real Agriculture founder Shaun Haney joined AgriTalk on Monday.
“This is the frustration,” said Haney. “Grouping Canada and Mexico in the same plot with China is lacking focus. The real issue is China dumping steel onto the world market, but it’s easy to attack Canada and Mexica because NAFTA talks are going on.”
Host Chip Flory said that he feels some of the pressure in the negotiations was taken off when a congressionally -imposed deadline last month passed with no deal.
Flory and Haney also talked about the scheduled meeting the president has with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. Haney said that the president does deserve credit for getting this meeting together, and this is a very significant event. However, he said that there is a danger there.
“What happens if they don’t have that positive first meeting?” said Haney. “When the president is told something he doesn’t want to hear, he tends to get super talking-tough. That is his one play, and that isn’t something [with North Korea] that anyone wants to see.”
U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) CEO Tom Vilsack also joined the program to talk about their efforts to grow U.S. dairy consumption in southeast Asia. He said that USDEC is putting more focus and financial backing into the market efforts in the region.
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