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Former NCGA CEO worries long-term implications if NAFTA fails

AUDIO: Rick Tolman, Former NCGA CEO

U.S., Canadian and Mexican officials likely will head into the New Year with no clear path forward for the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Former National Corn Growers Association CEO Rick Tolman says a whole host of problems for Agriculture could arise if NAFTA fails.

“One is, Mexico would snap back to tariffs on corn which would be at 37 percent. We have zero right now,” Tolman said.

Looking long term, Tolman worries about the reputation of the U.S if renegotiations fail.

“We’re trying to setup bilateral agreements with other countries around the world. When they see that we withdraw from one in our own hemisphere that’s been so favorable, it really brings into question our reputation,” Tolman said.

Tolman spoke about NAFTA on a panel at the Farmer2Farmer Conference in Omaha, Nebraska Thursday.

 

 

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