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Ag Officials: Keep NAFTA, Punt on Tariffs

Representatives from Northwest states and Canadian provinces met Monday


Canadian and U.S. agriculture officials agreed Monday to push the Trump Administration to renew the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and “reconsider” the tariffs that they said are threatening to kill markets for farmers in both countries, says The Spokesman-Review.

The officials representing several Northwest States and Canadian provinces all met Monday as part of a panel discussion that included U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Bill Northey.

Officials and trade representatives said they are already hearing from producers for everything from cherries to cheese who are seeing falling prices caused by the uncertainty of trade agreements and retaliatory tariffs in a response to those imposed by President Trump on imports of steel and aluminum.

“It’s also a very difficult situation with hay, dairy and wheat,” says Derek Sandison, director of the Washington Department of Agriculture. “We have a lot of concerns and frustrations but not a lot of of answers for how we are going to deal with this.”

Read the full report here.

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