Tuesday ag trade roundtable to feature congressman


Texas Farm Bureau and Farmers for Free Trade, a non-profit group that mobilizes farmers and ranchers to support trade agreements that expand export opportunities for American farms and ranches, will host a rally in support of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the CFLX Ranch, 21314 OSR in Madisonville.

According to an announcement from those groups, Congressman Kevin Brady of the 8th Congressional District will attend the trade roundtable, which is part of a nationwide Motorcade for Trade Whistle Stop Tour.

The USMCA – officially the the Agreement between the United States of America, the United Mexican States and Canada, is a signed, but unratified, free trade agreement between the three countries. The agreement stems from a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement of 1994.

In support of the USMCA, Canada and Mexico lifted a large number of tariffs on U.S. goods. The move followed by three days U.S. President Donald Trump making a deal to exempt the other two countries from U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Tuesday’s local rally will focus exclusively on the agricultural impact of the agreement.

“The true benefit that USMCA delivers for American farmers is certainty and stability.

Especially right now, American farmers need a victory,” Brian Kuehl, Co-Executive Director of Farmers for Free Trade said in an April 18 press release. “USMCA will guarantee that their most important export markets remain open for business and free from red tape.“

Anyone interested in attending Tuesday’s roundtable can RSVP to Carrie@farmersforfreetrade.com.