WASHINGTON — On July 26, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) submitted official written testimony for the House Committee on Agriculture’s public hearing on Renegotiating NAFTA: Opportunities for Agriculture. The testimony outlines USCA’s priorities for a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement, and echoes the verbal testimony provided by USCA President Kenny Graner on this same topic to the ITC earlier this month. USCA’s focus for any NAFTA renegotiations remain on addressing subsidy disparities for Canadian and Mexican cattle producers, establishing a WTO-compliant country-of-origin labeling program for beef products, and adjusting the growing trade deficit.
USCA President Kenny Graner issued the following statement:
“USCA looks forward to working with the Administration and Congress to address the issues raised by U.S. cattle producers in future NAFTA renegotiations. Based on the priorities outlined by USTR earlier this month, the needs of cattle producers are still not being met. Any renegotiation of NAFTA must include a path forward on origin labeling. The current trade disparities between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, won’t change unless all factors affecting the situation are addressed. There must be a level and fair playing field when it comes to trade and USCA will continue working toward achieving that as any negotiations moved forward.”
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–United States Cattlemen’s Association
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