WORTHINGTON, Ohio — The Ohio Soybean Association expressed support for the recent bipartisan agreement on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). OSA and its national affiliate, the American Soybean Association, along with other agricultural groups have been advocating for this agreement to be ratified by year end.
“This is really good news for Ohio soybean farmers and farmers across the country,” said Ryan Rhoades, OSA president and Marion County soybean farmer. “After the year we’ve had with weather issues and trade disputes, this brings a little certainty to our trade relationship with Mexico and Canada. We’re now asking our Congressional leaders to ratify this agreement swiftly.”
USMCA will sustain the growth that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) began. Mexico is currently the second largest market for whole soybeans, meal and oil. Canada is the fourth largest market for soybean meal and seventh for soybean oil.
Ohio Corn & Wheat Executive Director Tadd Nicholson made the following statement regarding today’s announcement that Congress and the White House have reached an agreement on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):
“2019 has been an extremely difficult year for Ohio’s corn and small grains farmers. Today’s announcement gives us a glimmer of hope that, by the end of this year, Ohio’s farmers will see much needed certainty on the horizon.
Growing markets and expanding trade opportunities for our members is a top advocacy priority for the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association. This year we have lobbied hard for USMCA on behalf of our members and are encouraged by the support we’ve seen from Ohio’s congressional delegation to pass this critical deal.
However, our work is not done. We look forward to seeing Ohio’s members of Congress leading the way to final passage of this deal and the implementing legislation that will be required thereafter.”
— Ohio Soybean Association
— Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association
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