MacAu­lay con­cludes suc­cess­ful agri­cul­tural visit to the United States

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Ad­vanc­ing mar­ket ac­cess op­por­tu­ni­ties in the United States for our farm­ers, pro­ces­sors and ex­porters is key to the con­tin­ued growth of the Cana­dian econ­omy, and to achiev­ing the Govern­ment of Canada's tar­get of in­creas­ing global agri­cul­tural ex­ports to $75 bil­lion by 2025.

Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture and AgriFood, the Honourable Lawrence MacAu­lay, re­cently wrapped up a suc­cess­ful visit to the United States that took him to Ar­ling­ton, Vir­ginia, and Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

Min­is­ter MacAu­lay’s visit was an op­por­tu­nity to strengthen Canada’s po­si­tion as a strong agri­cul­tural trad­ing part­ner and to bol­ster what al­ready stands as the most suc­cess­ful trad­ing re­la­tion­ship in the world.

At the United States De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture (USDA)’s 95th An­nual Agri­cul­tural Out­look Fo­rum, Min­is­ter MacAu­lay par­tic­i­pated, along with Mex­i­can Sec­re­tary of Agri­cul­ture Vic­tor Villalobos, in a tri­lat­eral panel dis­cus­sion hosted by U.S. Sec­re­tary of Agri­cul­ture Sonny Perdue.

They dis­cussed the im­por­tance of the Canada, United States and Mex­ico trad­ing re­la­tion­ship, which will be fur­ther strength­ened by the new NAFTA, and high­lighted how farm­ers and pro­ces­sors in all three coun­tries rely on a pre­dictable and sta­ble trade en­vi­ron­ment.

These dis­cus­sions also re­it­er­ated the im­por­tance of trade in sup­port­ing farm in­come and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties in all three coun­tries, and gave the Min­is­ter and Sec­re­taries an op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties for growth across North Amer­ica.

MacAu­lay also hosted round­tables with key U.S. stake­hold­ers on the agri­cul­tural trad­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween Canada and the United States as well as the role of women in ad­vanc­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in the agri­cul­tural and trade sec­tors.

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"Our Govern­ment is com­mit­ted to con­tinue work­ing with the United States and Mex­ico to strengthen our North Amer­i­can re­la­tion­ship for the good of our farm­ers, our ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and our economies,” ex­plained MacAu­lay.

“Free, fair and bal­anced trade is — and should con­tinue to be — the en­gine of growth and pros­per­ity for our three coun­tries."

Quick facts

• Canada and the U.S. are each other’s largest trad­ing part­ners for agri­cul­ture, with bi­lat­eral trade in agri­cul­ture and food prod­ucts reach­ing US$48.5 bil­lion in 2017 and US$46.0 bil­lion in Jan­uary to Novem­ber 2018.

• Ac­cord­ing to U.S. Cen­sus Bureau data, the U.S. had a US$1.9B trade sur­plus with Canada in agri­cul­ture trade in 2017 and a US$1.2B trade sur­plus in Jan­uary to Novem­ber 2018.

• Canada is the top agri­cul­ture and agri-food ex­port mar­ket for 29 states.

• Mex­ico is an im­por­tant mar­ket for Cana­dian agri­cul­ture and agri-food, with CAN$1.7 bil­lion worth of agri-food prod­ucts shipped last year.

• In 2017, Canada was the sec­ond largest im­porter of Mex­i­can agri­cul­ture and agri-food prod­ucts.

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