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North America Food letter to President Trump

U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade


January 23, 2017


United States President Donald J. Trump The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500


Dear President Trump:


We are writing to express our eagerness to work with your administration to keep American industry competitive, add jobs, and grow the U.S. economy. We are focused on improving the U.S. position in the North American market and look forward to working with the Trump Administration on ways to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in ways that preserve and expand upon the gains achieved.

The undersigned organizations, organized as part of the U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade, represent the diverse food and agricultural industry that spans the entire United States, supporting over 15 million jobs. Our industry is the heart of rural America, providing employment all along the value chain to ensure that U.S. and global consumers have access to high-quality, safe, and affordable food.

U.S. food and agricultural exports have produced a trade surplus for nearly fifty years.

Consistent growth over this period resulted in over $130 billion worth of exports, which created $423 billion in U.S. economic activity in 2015. These growing exports have increasingly become a vital share and important source of value to U.S. production. Over the past 25 years the share of U.S. production that is exported around the globe has steadily risen in terms of both value and volume, proving that food and agricultural exports are a successful and valuable part of the U.S. economy.

A key part of this success, as it is related to agricultural trade and commerce, comes from collaboration with our closest neighbors. Together Canada, Mexico and the United States make up one of the most competitive and successful economic regions in the world. The success of this trading relationship has come largely from economic cooperation, integration, and policy alignment.

In the 20 years since NAFTA was implemented, the U.S. food and agriculture industry has become increasingly efficient and innovative—growing to support millions of jobs. The market integration provided by NAFTA has increased competitiveness in the face of a rapidly changing global economy. Although some important gaps in U.S. export access still remain, increased market access under NAFTA has been a windfall for U.S. farmers, ranchers and food processors. U.S. food and agriculture exports to both countries have more than quadrupled, growing from $8.9 billion in 1993 to $38.6 billion in 2015.

With a few key sector exceptions that still require attention, North America intraregional food and agricultural trade is now free of tariff and quota restrictions, helping U.S. farmers, ranchers and food processors expand exports. Because of these market access gains the food and agricultural sectors of the North American region have become far more integrated, as is evidenced by rising trade in agricultural products and substantial levels of cross-border investment in the agriculture and food sectors.  However, barriers still exist for U.S. exporters and we look forward to working with your Administration on reducing the non-tariff trade barriers that continue to inhibit our exports to the North American marketplace, as well as to addressing the remaining tariffs impeding access for some U.S. export sectors.

With the productivity of U.S. agriculture growing faster than domestic demand, the U.S. food and agriculture industry—and the rural communities that depend on it—relies heavily on export markets to sustain prices and revenues. Therefore, the U.S. food and agriculture industry looks forward to working with the new Administration in preserving and expanding upon the gains our sector has achieved within the North American market and strengthening our competitiveness around the globe.




Adisseo USA Inc.

Agribusiness Council of Indiana

Agri Port Services

American Farm Bureau Federation

American Feed Industry Association

American Peanut Council

American Peanut Product Manufacturers,


American Pulse Association

American Seed Trade Association

American Soybean Association

Archer Daniels Midland Company

Atalanta Corporation

Aurora Cooperative Beachner Grain, Inc. Belstra Milling Co Bentoli, Inc.


Bill Barr & Company, Inc.

Blue Water Shipping Company

Brewers Association


California Cherry Export Association

California Fresh Fruit Association

California Grain and Feed Association

Campbell Soup Company

Cargill, Incorporated Central Missouri AGRIService, LLC CHS Inc.

Coast Packing Company  Cooperative Producers, Inc.

Corn Refiners Association

Deere & Co The DeLong Co., Inc.

Demeter Lp

Distilled Spirits Council of the United States

Elanco Animal Health

Esmilco, Inc

The F.L. Emmert Company

Fresh Produce Association of the Americas

Grain and Feed Association of Illinois

Greater Omaha Packing  GROWMARK, Inc.

Hilmar Cheese

Hop Growers of America

Illinois Farm Bureau

Ingredion Incorporated

International Dairy Foods Association

International Ingredient Corporation


J.D. Heiskell and Company

Kessler Foods Land O’Lakes, Inc.

Landus Cooperative

Louis Dreyfus Company, North America Maplehurst Farms, Inc.

McDonald Pelz Global Commodities LLC

Mead Johnson Nutrition

Michigan Agri-Business Association

Michigan Bean Shippers

Midwest Food Products Association

Milk Specialties Global

Minnesota Grain and Feed Association Musco Family Olive Co.

Nagel Farm Service

National Association of Egg Farmers  National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

National Association of Wheat Growers

National Barley Growers Association

National Beef Packing Co. LLC

National Confectioners Association

National Corn Growers Association

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

National Grain and Feed Association

National Milk Producers Federation

National Oilseed Processors Association

National Pork Producers Council

National Potato Council

National Renderers Association

National Sorghum Producers

National Sunflower Association

National Turkey Federation

Nebraska Grain and Feed Association

Nidera North America, LLC

North American Export Grain Association

North American Meat Institute

North American Millers’ Association

North Dakota Grain Dealers Association

Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance Northwest Horticultural Council  Nutriad, Inc.

Ohio AgriBusiness Association

Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association

Oligo Basics USA LLC

Pancosma, North America Inc.

Perry’s Ice Cream Pet Food Institute

Premier Business Group

Primos & Cousins USA

Pro Cooperative

Rocky Mountain Agribusiness Association Schreiber Foods, Inc.

The Scoular Company

Smithfield Foods

SNAC International

South Dakota Grain and Feed Association

Superior Farms

Sweetener Users Association

Sweet Manufacturing Company

Tate & Lyle Americas  Texas Grain and Feed Association TransAgra International Inc. TRC Trading Corporation Tyson Foods, Inc.

United Dairymen of Arizona

United Fresh Produce Association

USA Poultry and Egg Export Council

USA Rice

U.S. Apple Association

U.S. Canola Association

U.S. Dairy Export Council

U.S. Dry Bean Council

U.S. Grains Council

U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association

U.S. Meat Export Federation

U.S. Soybean Export Council

U.S. Wheat Associates  Western Growers

Westway Feed Products

Wheeler Brothers Grain Company, LLC

William James and Associates, LLC


Wine Institute

Wisconsin Agri-Business Association