NAFTA Reviews And Its Impacts On Farmers And Ranchers

NAFTA Reviews And Its Impacts On Farmers And Ranchers

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NAFTA Reviews And Its Impacts On Farmers And Ranchers

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President Trump’s efforts to change the terms of NAFTA have divided farmers and ranchers, who depend on different ways, on global trade. Special correspondent Grant Gerlock of NET traveled around the state to hear their perspective on the ways the trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada affects their income and livelihoods. President Trump has been altering the way trades are done in the USA and between some joint nations and it started with steel and aluminum tariffs. President Trump, since his campaigns days, has been expressing his dissatisfaction regarding North American Free Trade Agreement. He views it as the worst trade deal America has ever seen due to the fact that it has brought losses and decrease in jobs creation.

The current one being on the renegotiating NAFTA terms as a way of protecting the farmers and ranchers in their business undertakings. This has created mixed reactions from both farmers and traders who have a feeling that this move will negatively impact their trade activities. Canada has been importing heavily finished products- fresh produce and foods from USA whereas Mexico has been the main importers USA products (Paley, 2017). The narrator in the video describes widely and deeply how the impact of NAFTA review will be a double-sword move.

In the video presented, the issues of how NAFTA’s terms review will affect the farmers and ranchers especially those in the USA. The move to change the trade to under NAFTA will affect negatively mostly Mexico and Canada since the USA ranchers and farmers do depend on these nations as the main buyers of their corns and animals. Nations such as Taiwan have over the years been buying the yellow corn from the USA farmers which the normally use for ethanol production and for their animals feeds. Since a good percentage of population in USA are farmers, the volume of farm products and animals from ranchers are sufficient enough for the farmers to seek for markets in abroad (NewsHour & NewsHour, 2018).

Since the farmers will have to change the market due to abolition of NAFTA, the time taken to find the market stability will be significant enough to affect their business metrics. They will have to incur losses and it might even take longer time before they finally regain their normal operations. The prices of farm products and animas have been relatively stable and increasing due to the availability of market where they can take these products (Paley, 2017). Doing away with NAFTA will mean that the prices will have to drop due to decrease in demand.

There are also products that are not valued much in U.S and shipping them outside through exportation has been keeping its value high. This means that in case NAFTA has been scrubbed off, the prices of those commodities will decreased hence lowering its value and ultimately the production. It is reported that tongue and, kidneys and liver are valuable in countries like Mexico as compared to USA and that means these parts will affect ranchers once NAFTA has been abolished. It is reported that NAFTA wants the tariffs to be pushed to zero so that instances of renegotiation are possibly done away with during trades between the USA and neighboring country members.

It is important to note that the trade between USA and countries under NAFTA have done more good than harm. The review on NAFTA policies and terms should be moderated in a dreadful and careful way to avoid causing unnecessary troubles. There is also need to make move and measure that will see the farmers and ranchers get alternative in the event that NAFTA strategies backfires.

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NewsHour, P., & NewsHour, P. (2018). What the end of NAFTA would mean for farmers and ranchers. Retrieved from https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/what-the-end-of-nafta-would-mean-for-farmers-and-ranchers

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Paley, D. (2017). NAFTA Traffic. NACLA Report On The Americas49(2), 173-181. doi: 10.1080/10714839.2017.1331818


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