Canada is the No. 2 market for California agricultural exports and Mexico No. 5, according to the state Department of Food and Agriculture. Agricultural leaders from the U.S., Canada and Mexico say the North American Free Trade Agreement has, on balance, been positive for farmers and ranchers in the three countries.
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American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall, right, discusses NAFTA during a Washington, D.C., news conference. Listening, from left, are Bosco de la Vega of Mexico’s National Agricultural Council and Ron Bonnett of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture.
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