Rep. Kristi Noem today released the following statement following President Donald Trump’s announcement of a preliminary agreement with Mexico on North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations:

“South Dakota producers grow the world’s best corn, soybeans, livestock, and small grains, and they deserve to be able to trade those goods in a fair, open, and competitive marketplace. President Trump’s announcement today is encouraging. I’m hopeful it is a first step in driving Canada to the table and once again offering South Dakota producers greater certainty in trade.”

Noem is a member of the Ways & Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over trade issues in the U.S. House of Representatives.

According to the White House, the U.S.-Mexico pact includes:

  • Continuation of zero tariffs on agricultural products;
  • New standards for agricultural biotechnology;
  • Improved transparency and non-discriminatory treatments for agricultural product standards;
  • Enhanced rules for science-based sanitary and phytosanitary measures; and
  • New disciplines on geographical indications and common names for cheeses, among other things.

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