On Wednesday, July 24th, farmers, ranchers, producers and growers representing various California food and agriculture products will fly in to Washington to advocate to their members of Congress for swift passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
California is the nation’s largest producer and exporter of food and agricultural products. In 2018, California ag exports to Canada and Mexico totaled $6.6 billion. Food and ag exports to Canada and Mexico supported more than 56,000 jobs in California last year. More than 77,500 farms produce more than 400 commodities, and about one-quarter of what California produces is exported around the world. Agricultural exports from California are valued at nearly $21 billion.
USCMA will further increase benefits to American farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses by improving market access and customs procedures, establishing modern, science-based sanitary and phytosanitary standards, and enhancing standards for biotechnology and strengthening safeguards for commonly used food names. The International Trade Commission determined that the USMCA would have a positive impact on the U.S. economy and a positive impact on the U.S. agriculture sector. In fact, the USMCA would raise the U.S. GDP by $68.2 billion, pumping an additional $2.2 billion, or 1.1%, into the U.S. economy through increases in agricultural and food exports.
California Farm Bureau, the American Farm Bureau Federation, International Dairy Foods Association, the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and California Dairies Inc. coordinated this day of advocacy on Capitol Hill.
Details for Media
Who: Members of Congress; Members of the Administration; and farmers, ranchers, producers and growers representing various California food and ag products
What: Reception for California Food & Ag Champions: Attendees can sample food and drink while learning how North American trade benefits growers, producers and food companies.
When: Wednesday, July 24, 5:30-7:30 PM ET
Where: Congressional Meeting Room South (CVC 217)