Grain leaders urge Trump to stay in NAFTA

From the Capital Press

National grain industry leaders are urging President Donald Trump not to pull out of a trade agreement with Canada and Mexico.

Lobbyists are “increasingly fearful” that Trump will decide to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement, said Jerry Hagstrom, of the Hagstrom Report newsletter, as moderator of a panel discussion at the Tri-State Grain Growers Convention.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says he is working on a contingency plan in case Trump withdraws from NAFTA, Hagstrom said.

“The very unfortunate thing about trade agreements is they take years to negotiate — it’s a give-and-take on both sides and it has to be ratified by both the House and Senate — but we can be taken out of a trade agreement with the stroke of the pen of a president,” said Chandler Goule, CEO of the National Association of Wheat Growers. Read the rest of the story here.