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Radio Oklahoma Ag Network reports:

The members of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association (OCA) welcomed the president of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and owner/operator of East Tennessee Livestock Center in Sweetwater, Tennessee, Jennifer Houston, during the association's annual convention held this past week in Norman, Oklahoma.

Prior to Houston's keynote address to OCA members during the convention's General Session, she sat down with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn to visit about some of the most pressing issues she and the NCBA team are tackling right now. Chief among those issues, she says, is moving the USMCA Agreement across the finish line and advancing the US trade agenda.

"The No. 1 thing we're working on is working toward ratification of the USMCA, or the new NAFTA as people call it. It's so important to beef producers because of what exports mean to us," she said, pointing out that both Canada and Mexico account for 70 of the $300 attributed to one head of exported beef. "It is important we get this one under our belts and get it ratified so we can move on to working on bilaterals and have a little more credibility with Japan, China, the UK and even the EU."

Mexico's General Congress has already ratified the trade pact and Canada's Parliament is currently in the process of doing so. Houston expects President Trump to send the agreement to Congress sometime in September after the August recess to begin the ratification process. Houston says once the US-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement is ratified it will offer a tremendous boost to the agricultural economy.

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