The following statement may be attributed to Iowa Farm Bureau Federation President Craig Hill:
“The passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA) marks a significant milestone for Iowa agriculture and several other industries. Mexico and Canada are the two largest export markets for U.S. agriculture, and the passage of USMCA will provide more freedom and certainty in the marketplace, fairer trade, and increased opportunities for Iowa farmers.
For Iowa farmers, the importance of USMCA is simple: one out of every three acres of crop production is exported, and one out of every four pigs raised are sent to markets outside our borders. That growth must continue if farming in Iowa is to remain sustainable, as farm exports make up a huge portion of farmers’ income and present countless opportunities. Here in Iowa, agriculture accounts for one out of every five jobs, so, clearly, what we grow and raise benefits not just farmers, but many other economic sectors in this state.
We appreciate the unwavering support from Senator Joni Ernst and the leadership of Senator Chuck Grassley as Senate Finance Committee Chairman to push USMCA to the finish line and deliver this victory to Iowa farmers and industries and look forward to the swift signage by the President."