Telling the story of trade’s effect on real ranchers

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By KELLEY SULLIVAN

CATTLEMAN'S COLUMN

In November, I was privileged to represent cattle producers at the U.S. International Trade Commission’s hearing on the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), also known as NAFTA 2.0.

The commissioners rarely get to hear from people who are actually affected by the trade agreements they negotiate with other countries. This was an opportunity to help them understand how their decisions could benefit or work to the detriment of a boots-on-theground business.

We are fortunate in Texas and the Southwest to enjoy a robust beef and cattle trade relationship with Mexico. At Santa Rosa Ranch, we frequently conduct business with our Mexican partners, selling live cattle and genetics. I know the other segments of beef production rely heavily on trade with Mexico to import cattle and export beef products.

 

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