Pro-Trump farmers worry they’ll lose lucrative GMO corn exports to Mexico if president rolls back NAFTA


[Editor’s note: Mexico imported $2.3 billion of US corn in 2015, almost all of it genetically modified, according to the US Department of Agriculture.]

[Corn farmer Bob Hemseath] listened during the 2016 campaign as Donald Trump, the real estate magnate turned politician, promised to end the North American Free Trade Agreement. Hemseath, a Republican whose industry relies heavily on exports to Mexico, chalked it up to political bluster, noted Hillary Clinton’s anti-trade rhetoric and voted for Trump in November.

Now that Trump is looking to make good on his promise, Hemseath — and countless corn, soybean and dairy farmers like him — are worried the President’s NAFTA rhetoric could directly impact the markedly narrow margins that provide them their livelihood. The same rural communities that animated Trump’s campaign…

“NAFTA as we know it today will change,” a person close to the White House told CNN last month. That is exactly what worries farmers, who say any changes to NAFTA could upset their markets and lead Mexican importers to look towards more stable South American producers.

Hemseath did not say that he regretted his vote for Trump, but acknowledged he could eventually.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: Pro-Trump farmers now worry he was serious about NAFTA repeal

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