Farmers for Free Trade held an online celebration of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on Tuesday, June 30.
The celebration was held through a virtual farm round table was attended by leaders from the 2019 Motorcade for Trade, put on by Farmers for Free Trade. The table celebrated the bipartisan passage of the USMCA, which is set to go into effect Wednesday, July 1.
The attendees indicated they were delighted by the bipartisan effort to pass USMCA and look forward to seeing how the agreement benefits ag producers around the country.
"The success of these trade agreements are key to the 21st century economy," Rep. Jim Costa, D-Calif., said.
The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is a free trade agreement between the three North American nations. The agreement modernizes the 25-year-old agreement and is often referred to as NAFTA 2.0.
While this agreement is a major victory for trade in the agriculture industry, those in attendance stressed the importance of proceeding onward.
"It's critical to stay engaged going forward. Things never stop in Washington and neither should we," former Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., said.
Farmers for Free Trade is a nonprofit formed to explain the benefits of free trade and to mobilize farmers and ranchers to take action to support trade agreements that expand export opportunities. The 2019 Motorcade for Trade completed an 11 state, 4,300 mile RV trek across the country in 2019 to rally support across the country to support USMCA.
In addition to Costa and Lincoln, attendees included Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, John Bode, president and CEO of the Corn Refiners Association, Tamara Nelsen, executive director of the Minnesota AgriGrowth Council, Dave Milligan, president of the National Association of Wheat Growers, Michelle Erickson Jones, former president of the Montana Grain Growers Association, John Paul Dineen, Texas farmer, Max Moncaster, associate director of public policy at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, and Angela Marshall Hofmann, co-executive director of Farmers for Free Trade.