Farm organizations’ group supports NAFTA


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Several Wisconsin farmers organizations have joined a new coalition in support of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association and the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association have become part of the new Americans for Farmers and Families coalition.

The group is made up of more than 30 national and state organizations. It aims to lobby President Donald Trump and Congress about the importance of NAFTA negotiations.

Farmers are concerned about measures that will limit trade, said Tom Lochner, executive director of the cranberry growers association.

"The discussions that cause delays in or significant trade barriers being erected are only going to come back to harm American businesses and American farmers," he said.
Negotiations could have a broader impact than just trade with Canada and Mexico as other countries observe how the U.S. handles negotiations, Lochner said.