Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador earlier this week. The leaders discussed a looming decree by the Mexican president that would ban imports of biotech corn into the country.
In a statement following the meeting, Vilsack commented, “We must find a way forward soon and I emphasized in no uncertain terms that – absent an acceptable resolution of the issue – the U.S. Government would be forced to consider all options.” The options available include taking formal steps to enforce legal rights under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
Now, Mexico has come out and said they are open to a deal with Washington on the upcoming GMO corn ban. You can read more about that story from Reuters here: https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/mexico-seeking-deal-its-gmo-corn-ban-with-us-2022-11-29/
National Corn Growers Association CEO Jon Doggett replied, “Today’s meeting shows that the Biden administration is listening to NCGA and American corn grower leaders and that Secretary Vilsack is willing to go to the mat for America’s farmers.”
Dave Salmonsen, American Farm Bureau Federation Senior Government Affairs Director, says the top concern is what the decree means for U.S. exports.
“Mexico is such a large market for the U.S., especially corn, but all kinds of products. So, that would have a severely hampering effect of course for our exporters, but of course for also Mexico, people using corn, there’s really not a lot of other places they could source product. And Mexico has also not approved any new biotechnology traits since 2018.”