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NAFTA meetings progress, Ag industry’s seat remains empty

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President Donald Trump last night gave his State of the Union speech which made minimal reference to the future of trade.

Agricultural interests are growing more alarmed on the slow moving NAFTA negotiations and the announcement that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be signed by 11 trading nations, excluding the United States, in March.

United States cattle producers last week travelled to Montreal, Canada to show their support for finalizing and passing the new NAFTA. The group was  quite critical of the lack of an agricultural negotiator at the table due to Senator Jeff Flake from Arizona putting a hold on the nomination of Greg Dowd as Chief Agricultural Negotiator.

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) trade specialist Kent Bacus represented the beef industry at the latest NAFTA negotiation. Bacus spoke with Ron Hays of the Rural Oklahoma Radio Network.

Bacus has several concerns and wants former NCBA employee, Gred Dowd, confirmed by the Senate and at the table for the next round of negotiations with Canada and Mexico.