Optimism That Mexico’s President Elect Will Improve Ag Trade Relationship with U.S.

by Lainey Kitzmann

In a recent election, Mexico has chosen Claudia Sheinbaum as its new president, sparking optimism among agricultural leaders regarding the future of trade relations with the United States. With Sheinbaum’s background in science as a research engineer, many are hopeful for progressive changes that could positively impact cross-border agricultural trade.

Ted McKinney, CEO of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), expressed his optimism, particularly regarding the potential reversal of a decree instituted by the outgoing President Obrador. This decree currently prohibits the import of U.S. biotech white corn for human consumption, a restriction McKinney hopes Sheinbaum will reconsider.

McKinney believes that Sheinbaum’s decision-making process regarding agricultural policies might be influenced by the outcome of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) dispute. However, he emphasizes the necessity of a policy change, regardless of the route taken.

Another area of concern for agricultural leaders is the funding for research and preventative measures against harmful animal diseases. McKinney stresses the importance of maintaining adequate funding for regulatory agencies in Mexico to safeguard against diseases that could affect both Mexican and American agriculture.

With Mexico positioned to become the top agricultural export destination for the U.S., amounting to an estimated $28.7 billion in spending this year alone, there is a consensus among agricultural leaders that strengthening this relationship is paramount.

Looking ahead, McKinney highlights the upcoming formal review of the USMCA and the necessity of addressing any existing issues before this review takes place. As Sheinbaum prepares to assume office on October 1, agricultural leaders remain hopeful for a fruitful partnership that benefits both nations’ agricultural sectors.



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