Reaction continues to flow in regarding the new United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement announced by President Trump earlier this week. Indiana’s Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Agriculture Suzanne Crouch issued the following statement:
“In light of the recent agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, the nation and state will profit from a mutually beneficial trade relationship with our two closest countries. Having this fair trade agreement will ultimately lead to high-wage jobs for Americans across the entire country. In Indiana, we are a leader in many different agricultural facets that will be impacted by the recent agreement between the three countries.
“Our poultry production, dairy farmers and agbioscience industries are already thriving in our state. Through the recent trade agreement, we will be able to expand into new markets and increase our export opportunities. I recently led an agriculture trade mission to the Manitoba Province in Canada. There I signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Manitoba’s Minister of Agriculture. The agreement we signed lays the groundwork in establishing a long-term, cooperative relationship between our state and Manitoba. We not only signed the MOU but also built relationships between Purdue University and the University of Manitoba that will work on trading educational experiences, specifically in agriculture. With this collaboration, we can continue to be at the forefront of agriculture and biosciences. I look forward to expanding on these experiences, and the agreements made at the state and federal level and anticipate the successful impact this will have for our Hoosier farmers and our nation’s economy.”
Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler said, “ The conclusion of these trade negotiations with our partners in Canada and Mexico is a major win for farmers and agribusinesses in the state. It’s a step towards market certainty, which is critical to the farm economy and has the potential to provide a much-needed lift to many of our agricultural sectors, especially the dairy industry.
“Having just returned from my first trade mission to Canada, I recognize the importance of having a free, fair and reciprocal trade. Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. are at the epicenter of global exchange, and expanded market access and enhanced cooperation ensure this partnership will only grow stronger.
“As we await approval, I look forward to reviewing the details of this agreement in depth and remain optimistic about the opportunities it affords our farmers and agribusinesses in the future.”