February 28, 2019

Governor Parson, Director Chinn urge Congress to sign United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement


Today, Governor Mike Parson and Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn published a joint letter that was sent to Missouri’s Congressional Delegation urging them to sign President Trump’s United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). In the letter, Governor Parson and Director Chinn emphasized that the improved trade agreement will maintain zero tariffs on agriculture products traded between the U.S. and Mexico and open new opportunities for dairy, poultry, egg and wheat producers in the Canadian market.

Below is an excerpt from the letter:

“Agriculture has a history of thriving whenever agreements like this favor the American farmer and create a level playing field for buyers and sellers on both sides of the marketplace. In Missouri, agriculture is economic development. It’s not just a fraction of it, but it drives our entire economy. As an $88.4 billion industry, we know that agriculture continues to be the backbone of the Show Me State’s economy. Firming up this agreement with Missouri’s top two agriculture export partners marks a huge leap forward for our farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses.”

To read the full letter, click here.

Missouri agriculture is an $88.4 billion industry and remains the No. 1 economic driver in the Show Me State. To learn more, visit Agriculture.Mo.Gov.