ASTA Closely Engaged in Trade Discussions

  • On February 23, 2017

The movement of seed around the globe is a critical piece of a successful domestic seed industry. In 2016, the U.S. exported $1.67 billion in seed exports. Our largest markets were Canada and Mexico which accounted for roughly $300 million each.

Since the new administration came into office, many questions surround the future of current and potential U.S. trade relationships. ASTA is staying closely engaged with the U.S. government and international trading partners to ensure policy that doesn’t impede the seed industry’s ability to do business around the world.

ASTA is actively participating in trade-focused food and agriculture coalitions, including the North America Food & Ag Trade Group which is closely following NAFTA developments. Several letters from a broad range of organizations, including ASTA, have been sent to the Trump administration regarding the importance of trade to agriculture. View the NAFTA letter here, a CEO Council letter here , and an Asia-Pacific letter here.

We will continue to provide more information as things develop.