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Farmers Go To San Antonio For Commodity Classic


(Le Mars) — An estimated 10,000 farmers from across the nation are expected to converge on San Antonio, Texas this week for the annual Commodity Classic. The event is the national conference for corn…soybean…wheat…and grain sorghum growers, and it is where policy is decided among the farm commodity organizations. Chris Novak serves as the C-E-O for the National Corn Growers Association. He says at the Commodity Classic, farmers decide on policy. Novak says corn growers delegates will debate more than 80 submitted resolutions that deal with bio-technology, trade, and the new farm bill.

Chris Novak

Mexico and Canada are two of United States’ top trading partners, and Novak says farmers want to make certain President Trump doesn’t do anything to jeopardize the trade that has been established through the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Novak says Mexico could turn to our competitors in South America for its corn needs supply, if the United States and the Trump Administration push too hard.

Novak says the National Corn Growers Association, and other farm organizations, have expressed to President Trump the importance of a strong trade relationship
with Mexico. He says corn growers want the president to be aware that there have been significant gains within agriculture and U-S trade with Mexico. He says those gains need to be recognized and taken into consideration.