On Capitol Hill: Ag Secretary Frontrunners, NAFTA, and Soybean Exports to China


While the U.S. ag sector is closely following what’s happening in Washington and who’s visiting Trump Tower in New York, some of the developments in the transition to the new administration — whether it’s renegotiating NAFTA or policy changes that impact corn and soybean demand — will also have implications for Canadian agriculture.

Are North American soybean exports at risk if Trump strains the trade relationship with China? Heidi Heitkamp stopped by Trump Tower — could a Democrat Senator from North Dakota really be the president-elect’s choice for ag secretary? The anti-regulation approach favoured by Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency is being welcomed by American farmers, but what about Scott Pruitt’s anti-ethanol history?

Sara Wyant at the Prairie Grains Conference in Grand Forks, ND.
Sara Wyant at the Prairie Grains Conference in Grand Forks, ND.

These are some of the questions and issues Sara Wyant joined us to discuss in the interview below. Wyant is the president and editor of Agri-Pulse Communications, based in Washington, DC — right in the middle of the “buckle-your-seatbelt environment,” as she describes the situation on Capitol Hill.

We spoke following her keynote address at the Prairie Grains Conference in Grand Forks, ND last week:

Related: Canada Should “Keep Its Head Down,” Advises NAFTA Negotiator

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