April 28, 2017

Statement — Western Growers’ Statement Supporting Trump’s Decision Not to Withdraw from NAFTA

IRVINE, Calif., (April 27, 2017) – Responding to President Trump’s decision to not immediately withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif issued the following statement:

“We agree with the President’s determination not to immediately withdraw from NAFTA. The benefits of this agreement have not been uniformly felt in the United States, depending on region of the country or sector of the economy, and we agree that the solution is to better NAFTA’s terms for American companies, including the fresh produce industry. To facilitate enhanced competition for U.S. fruit and vegetable farmers, we ask the Trump Administration to work with our North American trading partners to further work on science-based standards, harmonize sanitary and phytosanitary standards and eliminate other non-tariff trade barriers. We look forward to participating in the effort to modernize NAFTA for both agriculture and the broader American economy.”