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Conaway: Agriculture Stands to Benefit from NAFTA Renegotiation

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Washington, July 26, 2017 | comments

Washington, D.C.—Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to highlight opportunities for agriculture in the upcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and members of the committee heard from various stakeholder groups on opportunities to achieve the best deal possible for American agriculture. Following the hearing, Chairman Conaway made the below remarks:

“Trade is vital to U.S. agriculture and nowhere is it more important than with our neighbors to the north and south. While I recognize there is a level of angst about renegotiating an agreement that has provided so many hard-fought gains, our nation stands to benefit from renegotiating a deal that provides additional market access and tightens trade enforcement. As the administration prepares to renegotiate NAFTA, I will continue working diligently with Amb. Lighthizer and Sec. Perdue to ensure we achieve the best deal possible for American agriculture.”

Written testimony provided by the witnesses from today’s hearing is linked below. Click here for more information, including Chairman Conaway's opening statement and the archived webcast.

Witness List
Panel I
The Honorable Tom Vilsack, President and CEO, U.S. Dairy Export Council, Arlington, VA 

Mr. Kendal Frazier, Chief Executive Officer, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Centennial, CO

Mr. Kevin J. Brosch, Principal, Brosch Trade, LLC, Woodville, VA, on behalf of National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation, and USA Poultry & Egg Export Council

Mr. Floyd D. Gaibler, Director, Trade Policy and Biotechnology, U.S. Grains Council, Washington, DC

Mr. Thomas Hammer, President, National Oilseed Processors Association, Washington, DC

Mr. Reggie Brown, Executive Vice President, Florida Tomato Growers Exchange, Maitland, FL, on behalf of the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association
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