The House Committee on Agriculture recently held a hearing on the upcoming NAFTA renegotiations. After hearing from stakeholders on the importance of the trade agreement to the agriculture industry, committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, said, “Whether you’re focused on maintaining current market access or you are eager for the prospects of expanded trade opportunities, production agriculture stands to benefit from a modernized trade agreement with our neighbors to the north and south.

“As always, we must stay vigilant and all work together to ensure we achieve the best deal possible for American agriculture,” Conaway said.

In other developments leading up to the NAFTA renegotiations set to begin on Aug. 16, 32 freshman House Republicans sent a letter to USTR Ambassador Robert Lighthizer. It in, they urged him to protect the considerable benefits realized by agriculture and other U.S. economic sectors.

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue traveled to Mexico to meet with Mexican Secretary of Agriculture José Calzada Rovirosa last week to discuss ways to further strengthen agricultural trade collaboration between the two countries.