ST. PAUL — Farm Bureau and FFA leaders from Minnesota met with United States Vice President Mike Pence at Clay County Farm Bureau member’s R & J Johnson Farm near Glyndon. Farm Bureau members expressed the importance of getting the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) done.
“Farmers need the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement done now. U.S. agriculture needs strong trade agreements to access 95% of the people in this world who live outside of the United States. Our number one and number two customers on most of our products are Canada and Mexico. Trade is critically important to our members,” said MFBF President Kevin Paap.
“We urge Congress to finish the job and approve the USMCA. We need a deal done. Farmers do not have the luxury of time. We need this passed before Congress’ August break,” said MFBF President Kevin Paap. “We need to continue to defend and expand trade opportunities. Once you lose a market, it is really hard to get it back. It is important to resolve these trade imbalances through negotiations, not tariffs and withdrawals.”
“We are grateful for the opportunity to welcome Vice President Pence to our farm and to provide the opportunity for our fellow farmers and Farm Bureau and FFA leaders to share their stories of how trade affects their family farms,” said the Johnsons. “We can’t stress enough how important trade deals are to our family farm and how important it is to get USMCA done.”
R& J Johnson Farm’s is the families of Ray and JoLyn Johnson together with their son Ryan and his wife Lindsey. Their family grows corn, soybeans, wheat and sugarbeets on their farm which started in this location in the 1930s.
Minnesota Farm Bureau – Farmers ● Families ● Food is comprised of 78 local Farm Bureau associations across Minnesota. Members make their views known to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public. Programs for young farmers and ranchers develop leadership skills and improve farm management. Promotion and Education Committee members work with programs such as Ag in the Classroom and safety education for children. Join Farm Bureau today and support efforts to serve as an advocate for rural Minnesota, www.fbmn.org.
— Minnesota Farm Bureau
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