Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm and Ranch Programming, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network  |  2401 Exchange Ave, Suite F, Oklahoma City, Ok 73108  |  (405) 601-9211

advertisements
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Agricultural News


NAFTA Renegotiations Get Underway Today - NCBA's Kent Bacus Hopeful for a Positive Outcome

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:09:09 CDT

NAFTA Renegotiations Get Underway Today - NCBA's Kent Bacus Hopeful for a Positive Outcome


Starting today, Wednesday, the first round of renegotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement get underway. Trade Specialist for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Kent Bacus, says this first round of meetings will be focused on setting the ground rules for the negotiations going forward. He spoke with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays about what expectations the cattle industry has for these meetings intended to modernize the 23-year-old treaty.


“Really, this first round is going to be about testing the waters and trying to set the parameters,” Bacus said. “We’ll have people covering all areas of the economy. It’ll be rooms full of lawyers and really they’re going to focus on each individual segment at a time.”


Bacus explains the process will likely begin with checking low priority items off the list that can be easily agreed to. NCBA hopes agricultural trade falls into this category, wanting nothing more from these negotiations than agriculture to primarily just be left alone. While at the same time, the more sensitive issues that will be discussed later in the negotiations will also be identified throughout the process. Bacus says most everyone involved is hopeful the renegotiation will be swift and uncomplicated, with an initial goal to have things wrapped up by the end of the year. However, he says the likelihood of that happening is really quite slim.


“That’s certainly what the world would like to see - But, just given the overall size of NAFTA, the fact that you have industries today that didn’t exist when NAFTA was first negotiated…,” he said. “There’s a lot of ground they’ve got to cover. Realistically, we’re probably looking at several months here.”


Listen to Bacus and Hays discuss NCBA’s hopes for the NAFTA renegotiations, as the first round of several meetings begin this week, on today’s Beef Buzz.


The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network and is a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the LISTEN BAR below for today's show and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.



   




   

Click below to hear Kent Bacus and Ron Hays discuss NCBA's hopes for the NAFTA renegotiations
right-click to download mp3

 

WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI

 


Top Agricultural News

  • American Farmers & Ranchers Members Elect Gilbert, Kinder, Porter and Nichols to Leadership Roles  Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:58:17 CST
  • NAWG's Top Hand Chandler Goule Takes the Temperature of Policy Leaders in DC on Next Farm Bill  Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:45:49 CST
  • Derrell Peel Reviews January, Highlighting a Good Start to the New Year in Beef and Cattle Markets  Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:43:07 CST
  • Act Now Before It's Too Late - Pre-Registration for 2018 Commodity Classic Closes February 21st  Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:33:17 CST
  • National Ag Coalition Takes California to Court Tuesday Over Unjustified Glyphosate Prop 65 Listing  Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:26:46 CST
  • Eastern Redcedars Encroachment on Tallgrass Prairies Present Major Threat to OK Water Resources  Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:18:34 CST
  • Beef It's What's for Dinner Brand Demonstrates Impressive Staying Power with New Market Relaunch  Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:10:46 CST
  • AFR Honors State Senator Eddie Fields with Ag Advocacy Award at 2018 Convention  Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:38:46 CST

  • More Headlines...

       

    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Livestock Exchange Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit P&K Equipment Stillwater Milling American Farmers & Ranchers KIS FUTURES, INC. Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Oklahoma City Farm Show

    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com

    Find more about Weather in Oklahoma City, OK

       
       
    © 2008-2018 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup   |    Current Spots   |    Program Links

    WebReady powered by WireReady® Inc.