LINCOLN, Neb. – “Nebraska Farm Bureau thanks the Biden administration for pursuing formal proceedings through United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, (USMCA) against Mexico’s proposed ban on Genetically Modified White Corn. This is an important first step to preserve the addition of a biotechnology title in USMCA, one of the largest wins for agriculture negotiated by President Trump and approved by Congress. As a leading producer of white corn, Nebraska farmers are at great risk if Mexico’s planned ban on bioengineered white corn and glyphosate is allowed to proceed in 2024.”
“It is also important to note that a vast majority (more than 90 percent) of the corn grown in the U.S. is genetically modified to resist drought, herbicides, and pests and increase yields. Mexico also remains Nebraska’s largest corn trading partner and the proposed ban and future movement in this type of direction, could put in jeopardy over $2 billion in corn exports every year. We encourage the Biden Administration to stand steadfast in ensuring Mexico adheres to the agreement they signed back in 2019.”
The Nebraska Farm Bureau is a grassroots, state-wide organization dedicated to supporting farm and ranch families and working for the benefit of all Nebraskans through a wide variety of educational, service, and advocacy efforts. More than 55,000 families across Nebraska are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve rural and urban prosperity as agriculture is a key fuel to Nebraska’s economy. For more information about Nebraska Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit www.nefb.org.
— Nebraska Farm Bureau