Vice President Mike Pence Visits Tennessee Encouraging Passage of USMCA

Tennessee Farm Bureau President Jeff Aiken joined Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Governor Bill Lee today at the Tyson facility in Goodlettsville for an event promoting passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) hosted by Trade Works for America. USMCA is a trilateral agreement designed to further strengthen trade with two of America’s largest trading partners.

“Strengthening our export markets for Tennessee agricultural products is a top Farm Bureau priority, and it is an honor to join this distinguished group to advocate for fair trade for our farmers across the state and nation,” said TFBF President Jeff Aiken.

The trade relationship between Canada, Mexico and the United States is vital to farmers not only across the country, but right here in Tennessee as well. Tennessee’s agriculture industry shipped $1.5 billion in domestic agricultural exports abroad in 2017, supporting an estimated 13,000 jobs both on and off the farm. Nationally in 2018, food and agricultural exports to Canada were $20.6 billion and $19 billion to Mexico.

“As this Administration continues working toward passage of the USMCA agreement, Tennessee Farm Bureau and the hardworking farmers across the state are grateful for the continued support and encourage Congress to establish a permanent partnership for fair trade with these neighbors,” said Aiken.