Minister MacAulay promotes agricultural trade and NAFTA at the American Farm Bureau
Federation's Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show
January 8, 2018 – Ottawa, Canada – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Canada and the United States share deeply integrated economies and enjoy the largest
bilateral trade and investment relationship in the world. As negotiations on a modernized
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) continue to progress, the Government
of Canada is working hard to strengthen the Canada-U.S. trade relationship and create
new opportunities for producers and food processors on both sides of the border.
As part of these efforts, Minister MacAulay travelled this week to Nashville, Tennessee,
where he delivered a keynote address to the American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF)
annual convention. Minister MacAulay reiterated the importance of NAFTA as an engine
of growth and prosperity for Canada, the United States and Mexico.
While in Nashville, Minister MacAulay participated in a roundtable with key U.S.
agricultural producer and business groups to discuss opportunities for cooperation,
hosted a breakfast for all State Farm Bureau Presidents, met with Zippy Duvall,
President of the AFBF, with Kevin Paap, Minnesota State Farm Bureau President, and
with Jai Templeton, Commissioner of Agriculture for Tennessee, to discuss bilateral
trade opportunities. He also met with AFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers.
"The Canada-US relationship is strong, balanced and beneficial to both of our great
nations. The Government of Canada is committed to continue working with the United
States to strengthen our partnership for the good of our businesses, our jobs, our
citizens and our economies." - The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture
- Canada and the United States are each other's largest trade partners for agriculture
and agri-food, with bilateral agriculture trade reaching $62 billion (CAD) ($47
billion (USD)) in 2016.
- Canada is the top agriculture and agri-food export market for 29 states.
- Canada-United States trade supports millions of middle class jobs on both sides
of the border.
- The AFBF is a non-partisan, non-sectarian national organization that represents
farm and ranch families at all levels.
- The AFBF convention is a gathering of more than 5,000 delegates bringing together
agricultural producers from all levels and sectors representatives from the local,
state and national levels.