LINCOLN, NEB. – “Today we learned President Trump’s administration is considering an executive order to have the U.S. withdraw from NAFTA. This dangerous move could cost Nebraska farmers and ranchers more than $2.6 billion per year in agricultural exports. Such a loss couldn’t come at a worse time as farm and ranch families already face significantly lower prices for virtually every agricultural commodity produced. We also remain very concerned that the proposed action could threaten Nebraska’s broader economy as we have already witnessed significant state revenue shortfalls as a direct result of a weakened agricultural sector.”
“Canada and Mexico are two of Nebraska’s largest export markets with billions of dollars’ worth of beef, hogs, corn, soybeans, and other agricultural products being exported each year. Rather than entirely throwing out an agreement which has clearly boosted Nebraska agricultural exports and farm and ranch family income, the president should work to update and improve it. The families who have dedicated their lives to producing the food that too often gets taken for granted should not be used as a geopolitical football to help gain leverage over our trading partners. This proposed move would be nothing short of a slap in the face to the farmers and ranchers who played a significant role in his election. President Trump should reconsider this decision.”
The Nebraska Farm Bureau is a grassroots, state-wide organization dedicated to supporting farm and ranch families and working for the benefit of all Nebraskans through a wide variety of educational, service and advocacy efforts. More than 61,000 families across Nebraska are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve rural and urban prosperity as agriculture is a key fuel to Nebraska’s economy. For more information about Nebraska Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit www.nefb.org.