On Tuesday, June 20th in Savannah, Georgia, North America's Ag leaders met to discuss the upcoming NAFTA re-negotiations.
It was the first meeting between Canadian Ag Minister Lawrence MacAulay, Mexican Secretary of Agriculture Jose Calzada, and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.
The three representatives released a statement saying not only are the three nations connected geographically, but also through deeply integrated agricultural markets. They added, the countries will work together to keep markets open and transparent to ensure trade continues.
MacAulay says, the meeting in Georgia was meant to build bridges with our North American friends and continue to building strong revenue between them.
"Last year, Canada's hard working farmers and food processors exported more than 62.5 billion dollars worth of world class Canadian agriculture and agri-food products. Over half of those sales were to our NAFTA partners."
Canada will continue to work collaboratively with the U.S. and Mexico to become more competitive in the global agriculture sector.
Mexico's Secretary of Agriculture, Jose Calzada, will be MacAulay's guest later this summer at the Calgary Stampede.