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· Top U.S. Farm Group Warns Against Upending Nafta
..."We can’t sit aside while other countries work out trade deals among themselves,” Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation in Washington, said in a conference call announcing the group is joining of Farmers for Free Trade, an umbrella group of agricultural organizations and agribusiness promoting exports... Farmers for Free Trade will have representatives in every state, said its board president, Sarah Lilygren, a former executive vice president at Tyson Foods Inc...
· With NAFTA at Crucial Point, U.S. Farm Leaders Speak Up for Trade Pacts.
· What Happens if the U.S. Fails to Strike NAFTA 2.0 Deal?
· Trump Welcomes Trudeau to Washington With New Nafta Threat
· U.S. businesses fear NAFTA doomed; Mexico warns of consequences
· Trump’s ‘Poison Pill’ Nafta Proposals Threaten to Derail Talks
· Trump's popularity is slipping in rural America: poll
Top U.S. Farm Group Warns Against Upending Nafta
Agriculture needs ‘seat at the table’ as exports threatened
Farm Bureau joins effort to highlight benefits of free trade
By Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg
October 10, 2017
The head of the top U.S. agriculture group said farmers want “a seat at the table” in trade talks to prevent a collapse of deals that would harm their exports, joining the nation’s biggest business lobby in warning against upending the North American Free Trade Agreement.
“We can’t sit aside while other countries work out trade deals among themselves,” Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation in Washington, said in a conference call announcing the group is joining of Farmers for Free Trade, an umbrella group of agricultural organizations and agribusiness promoting exports.
The group is launching amid worries that the renegotiation of Nafta, set to resume Wednesday in Washington, may be stalling, with concerns about Canadian dairy programs and Mexican competition with Florida fruit and vegetable growers impeding progress. President Donald Trump has threatened to scrap the agreement and said in an interview with Forbes published Tuesday that he thinks Nafta will have to be terminated.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce last week came out in opposition to proposals by the Trump administration to overhaul Nafta...
... Farmers for Free Trade will have representatives in every state, said its board president, Sarah Lilygren, a former executive vice president at Tyson Foods Inc...
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With NAFTA at Crucial Point, U.S. Farm Leaders Speak Up for Trade Pacts.
By Chuck Abbott, Successful Farming
Agriculture.com - 10/11/2017
U.S. farm leaders turned up the volume in the debate over the new NAFTA, worried that the success story of food and ag exports isn’t being heard among the clamor for tougher U.S. trade rules. “We have to be a player in the trade arena so we can move our product out of the country and feed the world,” said Zippy Duvall, president of the largest U.S. farm group, during a teleconference on the importance of safeguarding market access in the NAFTA negotiations, now in the fourth of seven scheduled rounds of talks.
“We want to make certain agriculture is never thrown under the bus,” said Sara Lilygren, of the recently formed Farmers for Free Trade. Former Senators Max Baucus, who also served as U.S. ambassador to China, and Richard Lugar, who chaired the Senate Foreign Relations and Agriculture committees, are cochairs of the group. Lilygren and Duvall said the new group will fan grassroots support for trade. “We need all the other organizations … to talk about how important ag trade is to our community,” said Duvall.
Rural America, and particularly farmers, voted for President Trump in landslide proportions last November. Farmers decided that Trump’s pledges of regulatory relief, tax reform, and support for ethanol outweighed his threats to withdraw from NAFTA and put high tariffs on Chinese-made goods. China, Canada, and Mexico are the three largest customers for U.S. farm exports. Trump said in an interview with Forbes, published on Tuesday, “I happen to think that NAFTA will have to be terminated if we’re going to make it good. Otherwise, I believe you can’t negotiate a good deal.”
Under NAFTA, U.S. farm exports enter Canada and Mexico duty-free...
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What Happens if the U.S. Fails to Strike NAFTA 2.0 Deal?
By Tyne Morgan, US Farm Report, Host
via AgWeb - October 11, 2017
Leaders from Canada, Mexico and the United States are meeting in Washington, D.C. to kick off round 4 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks Wednesday. As the trade talks come full circle, convening back in Washington after kicking off there, many ag leaders are growing impatient with the slow progress being the product of the first three rounds.
National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) CEO Chandler Goule is pressing the current administration on why so much time is spent on renegotiating current deals- instead of focusing on ways to bolster trade through new agreements.
“USTR has limited resources,” said Goule. “It’s time to get past plowing the same fields and start opening ground in new markets. Right now, we are standing around watching the world pass us by on trade agreements.”
Pursuing new markets is the focus of a new campaign. “Farmers for Free Trade” is a recently launched campaign, chaired by former Senators Max Baucus (D-Montana) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), to drum up local support for trade. American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) is joining the campaign this week, making it clear a bipartisan effort is the only route to build trade.
When leaders from the campaign were pressed on whether the U.S. should rework current deals or put energy toward new agreement, the leaders were in unison about focusing on new.
“When you’re treading water, you’re sinking,” said Baucas.
While the Trump administration says creating bilateral deals is a focus, it’s reworking current deals that the administration thinks will reduce the current trade deficit, declaring a tough stance on trade deals like NAFTA. As “NAFTA 2.0” talks enter round 4, many ag groups want to see quicker progress—something Farm Journal Washington Correspondent Jim Wiesemeyer says is normal...
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Trump Welcomes Trudeau to Washington With New Nafta Threat
U.S. President tells Forbes pact may need to be ‘terminated’
Trudeau arrives as fourth round of talks begins in Washington
By Josh Wingrove and Eric Martin, Bloomberg
October 10, 2017
President Donald Trump renewed his threat to walk away from the North American Free Trade Agreement just as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in Washington on the eve of a new round of negotiations.
Trump told Forbes, in an interview published Tuesday, he thinks Nafta will have to be terminated -- as signals mount the U.S. is putting potentially deal-breaking proposals on the table and as the top U.S. business group sounds the alarm.
The fourth round of talks resume Wednesday. The U.S. is expected to detail a proposal for the auto sector that would raise the minimum content requirement for parts sourced in the Nafta region and in the U.S. specifically.
“I happen to think that Nafta will have to be terminated if we’re going to make it good. Otherwise, I believe you can’t negotiate a good deal,” Trump said in the Forbes interview. He said he considered it a “great accomplishment” to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, which included the three Nafta countries, and that he favors bilateral pacts.
On Tuesday evening, Trudeau is scheduled to attend the Fortune Most Powerful Women gala that Ivanka Trump may also attend. The next day, the prime minister visits the White House for meetings with Trump -- with no joint press conference scheduled -- after he and his foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, speak with members of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means. Trudeau will hold a press conference on his own after he meets with Trump.
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U.S. businesses fear NAFTA doomed; Mexico warns of consequences
Ana Isabel Martinez & David Lawder, Reuters
Oct 10, 2017
MEXICO CITY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The most powerful U.S. business lobby accused the Trump administration of making “poison pill proposals” to sabotage NAFTA on Tuesday, as Mexico’s foreign minister said the demise of the regional trade pact would hurt bilateral cooperation.
The process of renegotiating the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement has turned increasingly acrimonious. Mexico accuses U.S. President Donald Trump of spoiling for a “protectionist war” with proposals aimed at balancing trade.
Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said on Tuesday that an end to NAFTA would mark a breaking point in U.S.-Mexican relations and affect bilateral cooperation in other areas.
Mexico is a key partner of the United States in fighting drug trafficking and stemming illegal immigration across the U.S. southern border.
Videgaray spoke after Trump warned again that he would like to scrap the treaty that created one of the world’s biggest trade blocs.
“I happen to think that NAFTA will have to be terminated if we’re going to make it good,” Trump said in an interview with Forbes published on Tuesday.
The Mexican peso weakened for the fifth straight session on Tuesday amid the increased tensions, and hit its weakest level against the dollar since early June.
A fourth round of negotiations starting in Washington on Wednesday to modernize NAFTA has been prolonged by two days to Oct. 17, two sources in Mexico said.
Trump’s hardline position did not appear to have wide support ahead of the talks, with many U.S. businesses and farmers lining up to back the existing agreement...
Trump’s ‘Poison Pill’ Nafta Proposals Threaten to Derail Talks
The fourth round of talks kick off as Trudeau meets with Trump
White House expected to make a contentious proposal on cars
By Josh Wingrove and Eric Martin, Bloomberg
October 11, 2017
Nafta talks have resumed with the U.S. administration looking increasingly isolated in its proposals to change the trade pact, as key figures raised the prospect of a collapse in negotiations.
The fourth round of talks to update the North American Free Trade Agreement began Wednesday in the Washington area as U.S. President Donald Trump continued his threat to walk out. On the eve of talks, the top U.S. business group pledged to fight to preserve the pact and Mexico mused it can live without the accord.
“There is life after Nafta,” Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said Tuesday in an interview with Radio Formula. Mexico could leave Nafta and have the strength to move on without any serious long-term structural damage to the economy, he said.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau -- who has steadfastly struck an optimistic tone as his foreign minister begins to dampen expectations for a quick deal -- will visit the White House Wednesday to discuss trade with Trump.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer kicked off the latest round by announcing an agreement on a chapter on competition. The countries have agreed to increased “procedural fairness in competition law enforcement,” his office said in a statement. It’s the second topic to be agreed on along with the chapter on small- and medium-sized businesses.
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Trump's popularity is slipping in rural America: poll
Chris Kahn & Tim Reid, Reuters
October 9, 2017
(Reuters) - Outside the Morgan County fair in McConnelsville, in a rural swath of Ohio that fervently backed U.S. President Donald Trump in last year’s election, ticket seller John Wilson quietly counts off a handful of disappointments with the man he helped elect.
The 70-year-old retired banker said he is unhappy with infighting and turnover in the White House. He does not like Trump’s penchant for traveling to his personal golf resorts. He wishes the president would do more to fix the healthcare system, and he worries that Trump might back down from his promise to force illegal immigrants out of the country.
“Every president makes mistakes,” Wilson said. “But if you add one on top of one, on top of another one, on top of another, there’s just a limit.”
Trump, who inspired millions of supporters last year in places like Morgan County, has been losing his grip on rural America.
According to the Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll, the Republican president’s popularity is eroding in small towns and rural communities where 15 percent of the country’s population lives. The poll of more than 15,000 adults in “non-metro” areas shows that they are now as likely to disapprove of Trump as they are to approve of him.
In September, 47 percent of people in non-metro areas approved of Trump while 47 percent disapproved. That is down from Trump’s first four weeks in office, when 55 percent said they approved of the president while 39 percent disapproved.
The poll found that Trump has lost support in rural areas among men, whites and people who never went to college. He lost support with rural Republicans and rural voters who supported him on Election Day.
And while Trump still gets relatively high marks in the poll for his handling of the economy and national security, rural Americans are increasingly unhappy with Trump’s record on immigration, a central part of his presidential campaign.
Forty-seven percent of rural Americans said in September they approved of the president’s handling of immigration, down from 56 percent during his first month in office...
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