NGFA Trade Priorities

NGFA is focused on expanding markets.

The NGFA supports a proactive U.S. trade agenda focused on expanding market access and fostering the use of science-based health and safety rules to create additional market opportunities for U.S. grains, oilseeds and value-added exports. 

 Download NGFA’s trade priorities here.

*More than 95 percent of the sector’s customers live outside America’s borders, and that’s where growth opportunities lie.

*U.S. agricultural exports have enjoyed an expansion built upon a 50-year trend of increasing productivity of America’s farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses and our transportation infrastructure.

*In 2015 alone, U.S. agricultural export value exceeded $130 billion, supported at least 1.1 million U.S. jobs and created $423 billion in U.S. economic activity.


USTR and Department of Commerce report on trade deficits:

The NGFA and North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA) submitted a joint statement on May 10, 2017, to the U.S. Trade Representative and Secretary of Commerce regarding their preparation of an Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits for the President.

“The U.S. food and agriculture experience is one of generating significant trade surpluses that have benefited the U.S. balance of trade, job creation and economic growth. While we understand the need to examine the underlying causes of trade deficits to various sectors of the U.S. economy, it also remains essential that the United States continue to recognize the economic principle of comparative advantage and the benefits that two-way trade contribute to advancing U.S. and world economic well-being and global security.”

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na-mapNorth American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

The biggest immediate priority for the NGFA and many other food and agricultural organizations is to engage quickly and constructively with the new Trump administration on the path forward on trade.

Read the June 12 joint statement from the NGFA and NAEGA urging the Trump administration to preserve the considerable benefits the U.S. food and agriculture sector has gained as it begins the process of negotiating a modernization of NAFTA. 

Read the Jan. 23 letter to President Donald Trump regarding negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Mexico is one of the top exports for U.S. agricultural exports. Click here for U.S. Census Bureau data by commodity.

Asia-Pacific Regionap-map

While the U.S. has formally withdrawn from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Asia Pacific region remains the world’s largest, rapidly growing market for food and agriculture products.

Countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership currently account for up to 42 percent of all U.S. agricultural exports, totaling $63 billion. NGFA will work with the new administration to advance U.S. interests in this vital region so that our producers do not fall behind our competitors.

Read the Feb. 7 letter to President Donald Trump regarding efforts to expand trade in the Asia-Pacific region.