Farmers Strongly Favor Renegotiation of NAFTA

June 7th, 2017


Category: Policy

( – U.S. farmers and ranchers, who voted overwhelmingly for President Trump last fall, solidly support renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, says a Purdue University survey of producers, despite farm groups’ fears of a disruption in trade.

The monthly Ag Economy Barometer said 83 percent of respondents favored re-negotiation and 61 percent believed the revised pact will benefit U.S. farmers.

Producers gave a similar answer – 63 percent – when asked how renegotiation would affect the U.S. economy overall. “However, the single most common response to this question from survey respondents (25 percent), was an expectation that the outcome from renegotiating NAFTA would be neither favorable or unfavorable, providing a rating of five on the nine-point scale,” said the Purdue economists overseeing the Ag Barometer.

It was the first time that Purdue asked producers about NAFTA. In earlier surveys, 93 percent of producers said exports were important to the agricultural economy and 80 percent said they were important to their own farms. The USDA says exports provide 20 cents of each $1 of farm income. Trump vowed during the campaign to rewrite NAFTA or to abandon the 1994 trade agreement.

Talks among Canada, Mexico and the United States could begin as early as mid-August. The two U.S neighbors account for one-third of U.S. food and ag trade because they are top customers for U.S. exports – Canada is No. 2 and Mexico No. 3 globally – and the top two suppliers of U.S. food and ag imports.


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