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Local farm bureau president reacts to NAFTA trade deal replacement

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(WGEM) — The U.S., Mexico and Canada have finalized a trade deal that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The three countries had concluded their talks more than a year ago but on Tuesday, representatives from the three countries signed the pact in Mexico.

Adams County Farm Bureau President Rick Edwards says it's good news, considering farmers have been working under intense pressure.

"You put all that uncertainty in there and that's really depressed prices and that's really put a real strain on the American farmer; as well as Illinois, Missouri and Iowa farmers," said Edwards.

The deal needs approval by legislatures in the three countries before it can move forward.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated on Tuesday that the Senate would likely not be taking it up before the end of the year.

Kaylee Pfeiferling

Multimedia Journalist

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