Today, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) president, Gordon Stoner, along with several U.S. agricultural stakeholders and business community representatives, participated in a NAFTA panel titled “The Future of NAFTA: The Stakes for American Agriculture and Business.” The panel took place at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., and was moderated by Neil Herrington, the U.S. Chamber’s vice president of the Americas.
“The NAFTA trade agreement was key in growing international markets for U.S. wheat,” Stoner said. “Just last year alone, Mexico was our largest export market with about 3 million metric tons of wheat and is consistently in the top 10.”
Each year U.S. wheat production is about 58 million metric tons, or about 2.13 billion bushels. The United States exports around 50 percent of its wheat (1 billion bushels) to more than 100 countries each year.
“With U.S. wheat farmers already enduring financial distress, open access to the Mexican and Canadian markets is needed now more than ever. Our farm economy is struggling, and we look to current and new trade markets to sell our high-quality product,” Stoner added. “As the administration continues to be flippant about NAFTA renegotiations, Mexico has already begun sourcing wheat from other countries. NAWG continues to stress for the administration to ‘do no harm’ and to look ahead for opportunities for new trade deals.”