In recent years the Agriculture Working Group has contributed to regulatory reform through the Canada-US Regulatory Cooperation Council. The council shares our values for science based regulation in the agriculture sector and continues to advance regulatory alignment and cooperation. In addition to providing input and facilitating discussion on agriculture related topics, the group also began to focus on trade issues and the impacts of NAFTA on the agriculture sector.
The importance of trade and benefits of NAFTA are recognized by representatives from agriculture sectors throughout the PNWER region. Working group members urge both the U.S. and Canadian federal governments to proceed quickly with modernizing NAFTA and commit to do no harm to our highly integrated North American agriculture industries.
It is important for the U.S. and Canada to work together and take a leadership role internationally on these issues to ensure that plant and animal health restrictions are based on fact, not feeling. These issues include maximum residue levels, low level presence policies and the advancement of science based standards, guidelines and codes of practice adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission and the OIE World Organization for Animal Health.
Statement from the Agriculture Working Group in support of CUSMA/USMCA:
"The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER), in both the United States (U.S.) and Canada, recognize the importance of trade and the immense benefits realized under the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) / U.S.-Canada-Mexico (USMCA). The agriculture sector in particular has been a major beneficary, creating deeply integrated cross-border supply chains that have enhanced our competitiveness internationally. Members of the PNWER Agriculture Working Group urge both the U.S. and Canadian federal governments to ratify the agreement so we can realize the economic benefits of CUSMA/USMCA."
USMCA - Benefits for States
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service recently released fact sheets for each state on the benefits gained by the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Click on the links below to view a specific state.
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