Tri-National Ag Accord attendees discuss COVID-19 response, USMCA

Members of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and their state and provincial counterparts in Mexico and Canada are meeting virtually this week for the Tri-National Agricultural Accord.

NASDA President Ryan Quarles says the countries will discuss COVID-19 response, implementation of the US Mexico Canada Agreement, and more.

“These are unprecedented times that we live in, but we all share the important, positive goal of this unique Accord and today we’re excited to have a renewed commitment to strengthen our relationships across the North American continent and grow trade opportunities between our countries,” he says

Carlos Muniz Rodriguez, president of the Mexican Association of Secretaries of Agricultural Development (AMSDA), says the countries are facing historic challenges with COVID-19, contraction of consumption, and loss of employment.

Minister of Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Blaine Pedersen says the pandemic is a good reminder that the three countries must continue to work together to seize opportunities and manage risk.

“Enhanced trade from a strong North American marketplace is the cornerstone of economic recovery in the years to come,” he says.

The Tri-National Ag Accord represents a 29-year commitment among the senior state and provincial ag officials of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to work together on ag trade and development issues.

This is the first Tri-National Ag Accord since the USMCA went into effect in July.

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