Heartland officals say trade deal an improvement, still waiting for certainty on corn and soy

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) says the gate is opening to better market access in Canada.

Ernst says she likes what she sees in President Trump's renegotiated version of NAFTA, now known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

Ernst said, “It does maintain the importance of agriculture in the deal, and it expands it even more so than we saw in the previous deal.”

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) said there are good elements to the new trade deal, especially for the dairy industry. However, Bustos said she's worried about markets in China drying up for corn and soy beans.

Bustos see other countries swooping in to fill Chinese demand for the crops, as the Trump administration continues to battle Beijing on trade.

Bustos said, “We didn’t have to be in this position. We got a couple good components that have come out of this, but we’ve got a lot more issues we are still going to have to deal with… especially with China.”



 
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