Agricultural leaders from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. wrapped up three days of discussions surrounding trade, COVID-19 response and more. This was the first Tri-National Ag Accord since the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement went into effect in July. Mexican Association of Secretaries of Agricultural Development President Carlos Muniz Rodriguez said the countries are facing historic challenges with COVID-19, contraction of consumption and loss of employment. “We’re working on being able to still deliver food to the tables of our families.” Ideas were also shared about how all three countries can support each other’s agriculture industries during the coronavirus pandemic. Manitoba Minister of Agriculture and Resource Development Blaine Pedersen said that can be done through research and innovation. “We want to make sure all of that technology is also available to farmers in the other countries, too.” At the conclusion of the virtual gathering, members of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and their counterparts from Mexico and Canada signed a joint communiqué highlighting the successful implementation of the trade agreement. “It highlights the strength of agriculture in our three countries, as well as helps identify ways to help make the trade agreement better,” said NASDA President Ryan Quarles. Listen to the full Red River Farm Network story.