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Iowa ag experts fear loss of NAFTA

According to the Iowa Corn Growers Association, one in 10 acres of harvested farmland in America goes to Canada and Mexico/KTVO

Members of the Iowa Corn Growers Association say they are nervous about this week's round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations in Mexico City.

The Trump Administration has threatened to back out on the agreement altogether, arguing that the pact with Canada and Mexico has taken away too many jobs.

Even so, agriculture experts in Iowa say too much is at stake for the United States to kill the deal. According to the Iowa Corn Growers Association, one in 10 acres of harvested farmland in America goes to Canada and Mexico.

Association president, Mark Recker told KTVO Mexico and Canada are Iowa’s biggest customers for corn.

“We want to maintain those markets and continue to increase those markets,” Recker said. “That's what we really demand that we see from these negotiations going forward."

Recker added that such change would be detrimental to Iowa because once the markets are lost, they're hard to get back.


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