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Meat Institute, USHSLA Sign Multi-Association Letter Urging U.S. Governors to Support NAFTA Modernization Efforts

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

The Meat Institute and U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association (USHSLA) joined more than 160 organizations in writing America's 50 governors to encourage support for a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that maintains and strengthens U.S. food and agricultural trade to Canada and Mexico. The letter also calls on the governors to oppose efforts to withdraw from the agreement. NAFTA withdrawal, the organizations contend, would cause immediate, substantial harm to the American food and agriculture industries and to the U.S. economy as a whole. In the letter, the organizations cite economic and trade data to highlight NAFTA's positive impact on America's food and agriculture sectors - including the meat and poultry industry - underscoring the fact that Canada and Mexico are now the largest export consumers of U.S. agricultural products.

The organizations request that the governors advocate for a "do no harm" approach regarding food and agriculture trade in NAFTA negotiations, by working to preserve and expand market access for U.S. agricultural products in Canada and Mexico.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce published an analysis of the 12 states that stand the most to lose from NAFTA withdrawal. According to the analysis, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Texas, Missouri, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, Arizona, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and North Carolina would be most adversely affected should the U.S. withdraw from NAFTA.

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