Perdue Sets Stage for Trump Speech on Rural Development

Erika Holt
January 9, 2018

"We have put a number of proposals on the table to modernize NAFTA, and critically for agriculture, to address key sectors left out of the original agreement - dairy and poultry tariffs in Canada".

The Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, who is the first Canadian agriculture minister to speak to Farm Bureau members at an annual convention, said that trade, the North American Free Trade Agreement and building on common interests are the three areas the US and Canada should focus on.

"No two nations depend on each other for economic prosperity more than the USA and Canada". "I'm confident that our farmers can produce and compete with anyone on the planet", Perdue said in the Fox Business interview.

"While the task force worked tirelessly to identify solutions to the problems plaguing our rural communities, there is more work ahead", Perdue said in a statement Monday before his remarks.

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The secretary also officially presented the findings of the President's Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. "No doubt, rural America has struggled under burdensome regulations with no voice in Washington, but under President Trump's leadership, and with the work of this task force, we can turn that around and restore rural prosperity once and for all".

A tripling of trade between Canada, the USA and Mexico since 1994.

Perdue highlighted accomplishments of the Trump Administration related to agriculture and discussed the importance of trade and NAFTA in particular to USA agriculture.

MacAulay, who is attending the farm bureau's meeting, told reporters there that he doesn't think there is any sense of fear the White House isn't listening to the concerns of NAFTA farmers because they understand how vital the agreement is for their industry, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. "I think he has his way of going about negotiating, and he has the best interest of the American people and the American farmers and ranchers at the heart in trying to accomplish that".

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