Round two of renegotiating NAFTA ended this week in Mexico, and the U.S. trade representative says they found mutual agreement on many important issues.
But just last week, President Trump said he is doubtful a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico could be reached.
Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson says NAFTA has been great for the state’s agriculture producers.
He says it would be a big mistake to walk away from it.
“It would be very unfortunate if we were to throw that out and somehow think that we could start over from the beginning and end up a lot better than we are, at least from an agricultural perspective,” Nelson told Nebraska Radio Network partner Brownfield Ag News.
The indication President Trump gave during a recent rally in Arizona was that the whole agreement could fall apart.
Nelson says the president’s comments are nothing new, but are still nerve-racking.
“It’s certainly a concern whenever the president says something that’s negative towards trade,” he says. “And we’ve been dealing with this since early on in the presidential campaign, at the very least.”
Besides NAFTA, Nelson says he would like to see the administration get moving on bilateral trade agreements with other countries as well.
Ken Anderson, Brownfield Ag News, contributed to this story.