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CNH Plant Manager Jason Hausauer explains why North American free trade is so important to his company. He was speaking to Angela Marshall Hofmann and Carrie Clark Phillips of Farmers for Free Trade, an organization traveling the country to promote the United States Mexico Canada Agreement. They are joined by Minnesota Farm Bureau Board Member and area farmer Nathan Collins.

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

As the summer nears America’s farmers, manufacturers of agricultural equipment and commodity groups are urging Congress to sign the United States Mexico Canada Agreement.

It is essential to the health of the American farm economy and the country, they say.

To gather congressional support for the USMCA a group called the Farmers for Free Trade has been traveling the country raising awareness of its importance. Last Friday they stopped in Benson.

Farmers for Free Trade says it is a bipartisan coalition supported by agriculture commodity groups from across the agricultural industry. Its tour is meant to highlight American farmers’ reliance on trade with Canada and Mexico, which they say “supports millions of jobs and nearly $40 billion in American exports each year.”

U.S. 7th District Congressional Rep. Collin Peterson, DFL-Detroit Lakes, had planned on attending the event, but was later scheduled to be on an agriculture tour outside the country. Peterson is chair of the House Agriculture Committee. In his place, 7th District aide Grant Herfindahl welcomed everyone on the part of Collin Peterson.

Herfindahl pointed out that the 7th District is one of the most rural districts with one of the highest number of farmers in the nation. Peterson was chair of the committee when Democrats last controlled the U.S. House back in 2009-2011.

 “He understands that agriculture is the heart and soul of this county and he appreciates you coming through,” Herfindahl said.

Benson was one of the group’s stops in an 11-state trail that started Pennsylvania, April 12, and also included New York, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana...

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PICTURED: CNH Plant Manager Jason Hausauer explains why North American free trade is so important to his company. He was speaking to Angela Marshall Hofmann and Carrie Clark Phillips of Farmers for Free Trade, an organization traveling the country to promote the United States Mexico Canada Agreement. They are joined by Minnesota Farm Bureau Board Member and area farmer Nathan Collins.
 

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