The United States announced this week that it had an agreement to increase beef exports to China. Lately much of the trade focus has been on holding on to existing markets but possible changes are afoot as President Donald Trump threatens to renegotiate NAFTA. The U.S./Canada beef industry relationship is more than one of just buying and selling — it is about integration and leveraging each other to compete on the world stage.
The impending NAFTA renegotiation threatens this fluid relationship as the border could thicken for beef if agriculture becomes a victim of compromise. Behind the scenes, Canadian and U.S. beef officials are working together along with their Mexican counterparts to ensure that everyone stays on the same page in any lobbying efforts. All three countries are meeting in Mexico the week of May 15th as a part of their commitment to work together.
Our own Shaun Haney recently spoke with Kent Bacus, international trade and market access with National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Washington about all of these issues and more. Listen below.