An Illinois corn farmer says how the U.S. handles Mexico’s import ban on biotech corn could set a precedent for trade negotiations moving forward. Matt Rush tells Brownfield an agreement is an agreement. “We want to hold their feet to the fire on that,” he says. “Through the USMCA we have this negotiation tactic and we hope they implement it fully and hold Mexico accountable.”
During his comments at the recent Commodity Classic, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack told farmers the decree is not founded in science and the USDA along with USTR started the formal review process under the US-Mexico-Canada agreement. “To make sure we defend the notion of a science-based trading system,” he says. “That we send a strong message to the world about the safety of biotech products and we ensure we continue to have market access.”
Rush says he’s encouraged by the recent actions, but it’s crucial for that market to remain open. “For the past four or five years they’ve been our number one customer of U.S.