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Northeast Missouri farmers weigh in on U.S. Mexico trade agreement

Local farmers are weighing in now that the United States is renegotiating trade with Mexico.

On the cusp of harvesting his crops, farmer Brent Hoerr said there’s reason to be optimistic about trade.

"I think we’ve gotten more done in the last couple of weeks than we have in the years in the past so I have nothing but positive things to say and hope that things will work out," said Hoerr.

On Monday, President Donald Trump announced he is terminating the North America Free Trade Agreement. In its place will be the US-Mexico trade agreement, something Marion County’s Farm Bureau President Joe Kendrick said is a step in the right direction.

"Our hopes in the end it would be a better deal and I really think as it turned out, we had a little patience about the deal, gave the man a chance and he’s come through with what we had hoped would happen," said Kendrick.

Kendrick said the next step is to bring Canada on board and then find an agreement with China to bring an end to the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China.

"There’s no doubt that our U.S. farmers are you know, we’re producing the abundance that the world needs and we only ask that we get a fair price for that," said Kendrick.

But Hoerr said, for this year, they still have to wait and see whether or not they will be able to turn a profit.

"The crop is still in the fields. It’s not in the bins. So weather events, like hail storms," stated Hoerr. "It’s not completely done until you have it harvested and have it in the bins so a lot of things could still change."

President Trump has also expressed that a separate deal with Canada could be made if they choose not to join the U.S. Mexico agreement.

Farmers  in northeast Missouri simply hope a deal is struck soon.


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