On Thursday, United States Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue returned from a trade trip to Mexico City. This comes at a time when we are waiting for the United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA) to be ratified by the United States. Mexico has already done its part, and Canada won’t budge until we have passed it. However, there was more to talk about than just USMCA.
Audio: Secretary Perdue’s full statement on a trade trip to Mexico.
Secretary Perdue gave an overview of what this trade trip meant. Perdue was accompanied by several state Directors of Agriculture and business representatives from 28 different companies.
Guest worker programs were discussed as well. Secretary Perdue talked with Mexican officials about the possibility of Mexico “pre-certifying” applicants for guest worker programs. This could help find the people who are wanting to improve their financial situation through Ag employment in the U.S.
Of course, it wouldn’t have been a trade trip to Mexico if they hadn’t discussed USMCA a little bit.
Perdue said, all in all, it was a successful conference with our neighbor to the south.