U.S. Wheat Associates President Vince Peterson attended Wednesday’s U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement signing ceremony. “It was a nice cap off for 2.5 years of very painful negotiations. The USMCA is a big deal for us in the U.S. wheat industry. It caused some heartburn during the course of the negotiations, but we are glad to have this done.” Peterson says USMCA puts U.S. wheat back on a level playing field. “Mexico was a little bit insulted from the politics surrounding the trade negotiations. We had to do some rebuilding to get the trust and the marketplace back together,” says Peterson. “We’ve been able to do that and now, we’re back on square footing. In fact, we’re having one of our best years in Mexico in terms of wheat sales.” The USMCA allows tariff-free access to imported U.S. wheat to flour millers in Mexico and gives progress for more open commerce for U.S. wheat farmers near the Canadian border, clarifying grading treatments.
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