Mexico Looks South For Grain If NAFTA Talks Fail

January 3, 2018 08:33 AM

The most recent round of renegotiation talks of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) ended in a flurry of terse words and strong statements.

At the fifth round of talks in Mexico City in November, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said he is “concerned about the lack of headway” to modernize the trilateral trade agreement.

The ag industry is on edge and worried about long-term harm to relationships with Canada and Mexico, two of the U.S.’s biggest customers.

Mexican grain importers are already looking to South America for supplies if the talks sour.

In the fall of 2017, AgDay host Clinton Griffiths had the opportunity to travel with the U.S. Grains Council in Mexico to see how the renegotiations could soon alter trade and upset a delicate balance.

Watch the full story on AgDay above.

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Wisconsin Corn Grower
Kewaunee, WI
1/3/2018 07:04 PM

  The problem is we as farmers are competing in a global economy. If they don't buy from us they will get it from somewhere else. If we lose that market for corn exports with the current over supply situtation we could see the price of corn significantly lower then where it is now. I farmed through $1.65 corn when inputs were alot lower then they are now and I for one do not want to go back to those levels.

Kearney, NE
1/3/2018 06:37 PM

  Hopefully Mexico will look South to dump their Ag products too. They and Canada both export more to us than they import from us. They have more to lose than we do. If they stop importing, so should we. Not sure why our Ag groups think that we have no power in this area.


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