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Federal minister touts NAFTA at AFBF convention

January 9, 2018  

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Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food gave the keynote address at an American farm convention, and reminded everyone gathered that his country and the United States share “deeply integrated economies” and enjoy the largest bilateral trade and investment relationship in the world.

“The Canada-U.S. relationship is strong, balanced and beneficial to both of our great nations,” The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay stated during his keynote address to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) annual convention. “The Government of Canada is committed to continue working with the United States to strengthen our partnership for the good of our businesses, our jobs, our citizens and our economies.”

As negotiations on a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) continue to progress, the Government of Canada is working hard to strengthen the Canada-U.S. trade relationship and create new opportunities for producers and food processors on both sides of the border.

As part of these efforts, Minister MacAulay reiterated the importance of NAFTA as an engine of growth and prosperity for Canadathe United States and Mexico.

While in Nashville, Minister MacAulay participated in a roundtable with key U.S. agricultural producer and business groups to discuss opportunities for cooperation, hosted a breakfast for all State Farm Bureau Presidents, met with Zippy Duvall, President of the AFBF, with Kevin Paap, Minnesota State Farm Bureau President, and with Jai Templeton, Commissioner of Agriculture for Tennessee, to discuss bilateral trade opportunities. He also met with AFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers.