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Renegotiating NAFTA: Easier said than done

Farm groups are emphasizing administration should "do no harm" to agricultural trade in talks.

When President Trump notified Congress he wanted to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement last May, some may have assumed that he meant the agreement would be changed right away.

That won’t be the case, as John Gilliland, an attorney with the Akin-Gump law firm, explained in a presentation to the National Cotton Council’s Board of Directors at their mid-year meeting in late August.

The Trump administration is aggressively pursuing a timetable of sending a new agreement to Congress in early 2018, but that will be a challenge, says Gilliland, whose firm represents the National Cotton Council in trade and other matters.

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