Roberts: NAFTA benefits agriculture

The Chairman of the Senate Ag Committee says farmers, ag groups, and industry leaders need to speak out about how trade opportunities benefit them.

US Senator Pat Roberts told members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday that opportunities like the North American Free Trade Agreement give farmers a reliable market for the items they grow and make.

“Over the course of the NAFTA agreement, US agricultural exports have increased to Canada by 265 percent and to Mexico by 289 percent,” he says.

Roberts says the ag industry is fighting the idea that the economy has not benefited from NAFTA which could not be further from the truth.

“The decisions made on international trade will determine the future economic success of our country,” he says.

Roberts says speaking out about the benefits of trade will help change that perception, build a reliable export policy, and ultimately feed the world.

Audio: US Senator Pat Roberts to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 

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