On Twitter, Farmers Are Begging Trump Not to Bail on NAFTA

December 6, 2017 01:35 PM
NAFTA Farmer Tweet

President Donald J. Trump was largely supported by American farmers during the election, even as he made a campaign promise to exit the North American Free Trade Agreement. But now many of those farmers are worried President Trump will follow through on that promise. And they are taking to Twitter to plead with him not to.

Using the hashtag #Farmers4NAFTA, individual farmers and agricultural groups are tweeting about the benefits of NAFTA.

Canada received $20.3 billion worth of American agricultural products in 2016, making it the top destination for such goods, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Mexico received $17.7 billion, coming in third place behind China. 

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

The tweets add to the voices in Congress calling on the administration to remain in Nafta. Senator Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican, published an Op-Ed in The Hill on Wednesday highlighting the benefits of the agreement. Republican Senators Deb Fischer of Nebraska and Joni Ernst of Iowa also made a case for the agreement on Tuesday over lunch with the president and the U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, according to the Omaha World-Herald. 

Many agricultural groups have been urging the administration to renegotiate—not exit—the trade agreement, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and the U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade, which represents a group of over 130 food and agriculture trade associations and companies.

The impacts of a NAFTA withdrawal would reverberate beyond farmers’ incomes. Consumers would likely see higher grocery prices as well, according to a November Congressional Research Service report reviewed by Bloomberg. 

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Spell Check

Thomas Tobin
Sioux Falls , SD
12/7/2017 06:16 AM

  You reap what you sow. He also left the very farmer friendly TPP. Stupid voters

Senior PA Dairy Farmer
Westfield, PA
12/7/2017 07:12 AM

  The "stay-in-NAFTA" crowd are all from the Big Ag/Big Dairy/Global Markets"establishment" that gave us ruinous "Free Trade Agreements" like NAFTA in the first place. "Free Trade" pacts are negotiated so American farmers never get to cover their US "cost of production," getting low-ball farm prices that leave them and their rural suppliers in the red. Thus, tax-payer-funded "safety nets" are in "Farm" Bills so corporate commodity buyers and global "New World Order" speculators can profit at the expense of American dirt farmers, getting what we produce for a song. Dairy farmers are going out of business at record numbers because they can't pay their bills because of rigged, low milk prices paid below their "cost of production" at the farm, not because we need more global "Free Trade" treaties like Ross Perot's "great sucking sound" NAFTA. MAGA will never happen as long as US farmers are not paid American "cost off production" at the farm before "products" move into the "global" market. What FARMERS do happens at the farm---and that's where our farm products must first be valued with American prices that cover "cost of production." Rural America voted for Trump because we see "free trade" for what it really is---a rip-off of everything that made America great in the past!


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