THIS WEEK IN DC
Trade talks with Mexico and Canada move into their fourth round this week, while the House Agriculture Committee continues its preparations for the next farm bill by holding a listening session in upstate New York.
The renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which opened in Washington in August, moves to Arlington, Va., on Tuesday. The fourth round will continue through Sunday.
The negotiations this week are expected to get into one of the most contentious agriculture issues, new anti-dumping provisions sought by Florida tomato operations and other produce growers in order to challenge Mexican exports. The issue divides U.S. agriculture because of fear that Mexico could retaliate against other commodities.
Ahead of the talks, House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway took four other House colleagues to Ottawa on Friday and Saturday to make clear to Canadian officials that U.S. farmers were intent on finishing the negotiations, he said. Conaway said in a statement Saturday evening that the meetings were “productive” but provided no detail.
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