Wheat Growers cel­e­brate the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the USMCA Agree­ment

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As we en­ter the half-way point of 2020, the Western Cana­dian Wheat Growers are re­lieved to sup­port the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the long awaited USMCA. Twen­tytwenty has been a chal­leng­ing year for many peo­ple, farm­ers and busi­nesses, but agri­cul­ture can be the cor­ner­stone of a re­built econ­omy.

“Neigh­bours trad­ing with neigh­bours, that’s what the USMCA is all about. There is a dis­tinct com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage to have ac­cess to a re­quired mar­ket that is more than 13 times our do­mes­tic Cana­dian pop­u­la­tion,” said Cher­i­lyn Jolly-Nagel, Saskatchew­an Di­rec­tor.

The im­ple­men­ta­tion of the USMCA will en­sure free and open trade be­tween Canada, the United States and Mex­ico. With a com­bined pop­u­la­tion of al­most 500 mil­lion peo­ple and safe, se­cure and re­li­able road and rail sys­tems cross­ing our land bor­ders, the move­ment of all goods has never been eas­ier. Not hav­ing a signed trade agree­ment would have had a dras­tic im­pact on con­sumers in all three coun­tries.

Canada needs a sta­ble grow­ing ex­port mar­ket for grains and oilseeds. We grow far more than we can con­sume do­mes­ti­cally. The USMCA Agree­ment will also mod­ern­ize sev­eral as­pects of the pre­vi­ous NAFTA Agree­ment. Nu­mer­ous things changed dur­ing the 26 years of the ear­lier trade deal. The USMCA will specif­i­cally ad­dress changes to biotech­nol­ogy as well as im­ple­ment re­cip­ro­cal grain grad­ing be­tween Canada and the US.

“The rene­go­ti­a­tion process of this im­por­tant trade agree­ment, felt like a three year roller­coaster ride. The fi­nal rat­i­fi­ca­tion on Canada’s birth­day gives farm­ers some­thing to cel­e­brate.” closed Jolly-Nagel.

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