This year challenged farmers, but there is optimism as 2020 inches closer. National Council of Farmer Cooperatives President Chuck Conner says farmers could see more trade certainty. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement was passed in the House and will be considered by the Senate early in the New Year. “We look forward to that day and it will be great trade news to U.S. farmers.” Conner says there is also optimism in the Phase One trade deal between the U.S. and China, too. “This Phase One trade agreement has yet to be formally ratified with signatures by either country. That is likely forthcoming the first week of January,” explains Conner. “There’s a document that hasn’t been publicly released, but it’s been described to us, that has a lot of ‘you shall purchase by this date’ sort of thing in the language. We’re anxious to fulfill the obligations of this Phase One understanding.”
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