Minnesota farmers need some good news.
Our leaders in Washington, D.C. have a chance to give us a shot in the arm by passing the United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA). This bi-partisan agreement will boost the way of life, for wheat growers like me, by leveling the playing field and increasing opportunities for all farmers across the state.
The USMCA updates the already established framework found in the North American Free Trade Agreement while greatly improving our trade relations with Canada and Mexico. Not to be understated are the economic benefits this trade deal contains. The U.S. International Trade Commission has projected the deal will create 176,000 new jobs while also increasing the size of the United States economy by more than $68 billion.
Wheat farmers will directly benefit from ratification of USMCA by locking in sales to Mexico, and leveling the playing field with Canada whose grain grading system unfairly discriminates against U.S. wheat.
Let's hope Congress won’t let politics keep American farmers from enjoying the fruits of a good USMCA deal.
This letter-writer farms in Grygla, in Minnesota's 7th congressional district. He is involved in several organizations, including the Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers, American Soybean Association, Minnesota Farm Bureau and Farmers Union Oil Company.