NAFTA negotiations worrying local US farmers

Farmers are growing more and more anxious with the negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement. Several Wisconsin farmers’ organizations have joined a new coalition in support of keeping the NAFTA deal alive.

Local farmers may suffer if NAFTA negotiations come undone. Many farmers depend on NAFTA to export their goods to other countries. Darin von Ruden, president of the Wisconsin's Farmers Association: "Ninety percent of what we produce in Wisconsin, leaves the state. About 50 percent of that goes into Canada."

The new coalition to help lobby Congress and President Trump consists of thirty state and national organizations, including the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers and Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Associations.

According to a wxow.com article, the bulk of Wisconsin's dairy and produce is exported to Canada and Mexico, who are also under the NAFTA agreement. In 2016, Wisconsin exported about $3.4 billion worth of agricultural products to 150 different countries. If NAFTA were to fall through, farmers would have to find other ways of exporting those goods at a fair price.


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