NCBA's Colin Woodall Gains More Positive Outlook on NAFTA 2.0 as Negotiations Pick Up SteamThu, 01 Feb 2018 11:42:47 CST
Lead lobbyist for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Colin Woodall sat down with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays during the Cattle Industry Convention in Phoenix this week, to offer his opinions regarding the progress of ongoing trade negotiations as they relate to the US and its beef producers. At the forefront of that uncertain landscape is the North American Free Trade Agreement which just wrapped up its latest round of negotiations in Montreal. Based on that most recent meeting, Woodall says he has gained a bit more optimism for the prospect of a modernized NAFTA treaty.
“There was a concern that the President was going to come to work one morning and just pull us out of NAFTA. I don’t think that’s the case anymore,” Woodall said. “We feel much more comfortable and confident that he’s going to finish this set of negotiations and we will have NAFTA 2.0 - which is exactly what we want to see.”
As two of the largest markets for our beef and cattle industry, Woodall insists the US simply cannot afford to lose access to either Mexico or Canada. In fact, he says NAFTA in its present form has worked out very well and been extremely profitable for the ag sector and particularly the beef industry. For that reason, NCBA and most of agriculture has joined together with a unified message to the administration to not change a thing in NAFTA as it relates to agricultural trade. Thus far, Woodall says that message has been received. As tensions ease there, Woodall says eventually attention needs to also turn to the importance of settling other trade agreements, like KORUS, and establishing new ones. Especially, he says, with the Japanese now that the US has missed the boat on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
“We told them, ‘Do no harm,’ because what we have is good and so far, they have respected that and we appreciate that,” he said. “So, for us, it’s giving the President what he needs to stay in NAFTA and also the KORUS agreement too. It’s the exact same thing.”
Listen to Woodall and Hays discuss the progress of NAFTA negotiations and other trade matters, on today’s Beef Buzz.
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