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Canada watching farm bill discussions “closely”

A major U.S. trading partner is paying attention to farm bill negotiations.

USDA Undersecretary for Trade Alexis Taylor is on a trade mission to Canada and spoke to Brownfield from Vancouver Wednesday.

“In Canada they watch closely the discussion around the farm bill. From my perspective for the trade programs, obviously those market development programs are critical.”

She calls the trade mission historic as it highlights products made by tribal businesses and indigenous producers.

Taylor says the Intertribal Ag Council is a key cooperator.

“They access those program dollars, they travel on trade missions with us all over the world. They are the partner we tap into to pull this indigenous trade mission off (and) we would not be here without their partnership.”

She says the farm bill is an essential tool for creating excitement and interest in indigenous products.

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