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NAFTA plays big role in U.S. agriculture

USDA economist keeping Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and other USA officials informed about the importance of NAFTA to agriculture.

USDA economist Robert Johansson says trade pacts such as NAFTA are important to the U.S. agricultural economy.  Agricultural production alone, he says, may not account for a big percentage of the U.S. economy, but when you add in other aspects of the entire ag industry--packing, food processing, and transportation, among others-- agriculture's footprint gets much bigger.

He said in an interview at the recent  Conservation systems Cotton and Rice conference in Memphis, Tenn., that he and other USDA economists are taking that message to Secretary Perdue and Congress.

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