WACO, Texas — The following statement was released by Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening regarding the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s (USMCA) entry into force.
“USMCA’s implementation marks a major milestone for Texas agriculture. Since the inception of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994, agricultural exports have soared from $8.9 billion to almost $40 billion. USMCA builds on this important achievement and strengthens our trade relationship with Canada and Mexico.
“This agreement represents an important step in economic certainty for American agriculture. That certainty is needed now more than ever as Texas farmers and ranchers try to recover from several years of decreased net farm income and volatile market conditions from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Texas Farm Bureau appreciates the steadfast leadership of the Trump administration, as well as key leaders in Congress, such as Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and Congressmen Kevin Brady and Henry Cuellar. Without the teamwork between leaders in Washington, D.C., and the many industries in Texas that rely on North American trade, this hugely bipartisan agreement would not have been passed.
“Texas Farm Bureau especially thanks all 38 members of the Texas Congressional delegation for voting in favor of this agreement. This proves how bipartisanship can result in a truly remarkable piece of legislation. We look forward to seeing USMCA fully implemented to provide more certainty for Texas farm and ranch families.”
–Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening
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