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US-Canada trade: US potato growers want “ministerial exemptions” addressed

Although North American leaders have announced they reached a new trade agreement to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, North Dakota industries say there’s still much the pact has left to address. The new deal is referred to as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, Some wheat growers, in conjunction with fresh potato growers and steel companies, say the deal isn’t enough.

In upcoming discussions, US fresh potato growers are asking negotiators to address “ministerial exemptions” that forbid Canadian provinces from buying U.S. potatoes until they consume all their own.

“Canada’s a net exporter, so they grow and produce more potatoes than they can consume domestically,” Northern Plains Potato Growers Association President Donovan Johnson said.

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