Illinois Farm Bureau: Keeping trade a priority through the election year
February 18, 2020 By Rhiannon Branch Filed Under: Ag Policy, Illinois, News, Trade
President Trump has his signature on trade deals with China, Japan, Canada and Mexico, so where does trade go from here? Illinois Farm Bureau national policy director Adam Nielson says although major trade negotiations have been secured, it is important to keep the trade momentum going this year.
“It doesn’t hurt to be in negotiations even if they are going to take a while because it keeps the trade issue in front of folks. The last thing we need is for it to be forgotten and lost in the 2020 election.”
Nielson says along with implementation of current trade
deals they are looking ahead to agreements with other countries.
“The UK (United Kingdom) has broken off from the EU (European Union), they are now in the perfect position to negotiate with. We have heard some good things about Kenya. There are more people in the middle class there, there are market opportunities for us and it also provides geopolitical advantages for the United States.”
Nielson says negotiations with India are also a possibility.
Brownfield interviewed Nielson at the Illinois Farm Bureau’s Governmental Affairs Leadership Conference in Springfield.
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