Doud, McKinney: Trump has farmers backs

Lost markets, low commodity prices and concerns about long term trading partnerships were the focus of a House Agriculture subcommittee hearing this morning.

Chairman Jim Costa of California asked the USTR’s Chief Ag Negotiator and the USDA’s Trade Undersecretary about whether the White House has farmers backs, “Do you feel that our agriculture interests are being well represented as these negotiations are taking place in the West Wing?”

Ag Negotiator Gregg Doud responded, “Absolutely. There is absolutely no question about it.”

Under Secretary Ted McKinney said, “And I think we can see this with many tweets. We can see this in his statements, in his actions. Now, how we’re going about it clearly is an issue because we’re in choppy waters. But if you’re asking the question, does the White House have our back? The answer is ‘yes.’ Costa replied, “All right.”

Both Doud and McKinney agree that having Congress ratify the USMCA is the TOP priority.

Hearing, Part 1

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