Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay spent time in Oregon and Idaho, which included stops in Portland, Sun Valley and Boise touting the benefits of agricultural trade and the relationship between Canada and the United States.
Bilateral trade accounts for $62 billion (CAD) and $47 billion (USD) with Canada the top export destination for 29 U.S. states.
“The Government of Canada is working closely with the U.S. Administration, as well as state and local officials, to strengthen the robust Canada-U.S. partnership and to ensure continued support for millions of trade-dependent middle-class jobs on both sides of the border,” says a statement from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
Canada and the U.S. are each other's largest trade partners for agriculture and agri-food, with bilateral agriculture trade reaching $62 billion (CAD) ($47 billion (USD) in 2016.
The first round of seven planned NAFTA talks will officially begin on August 16 in Washington. It is speculated that the three countries want to conclude negotiations before the Mexican presidential election in 2018.
MacAulay delivered a keynote address at the Pacific Northwest Economic Region Summit. You can listen to his speech here.