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Posted 01/16/2020

NDSA applauds Senate’s passage of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

For immediate release: Jan. 16, 2020


For more information, contact:

Dan Rorvig, NDSA president: (701) 797-7338 •

Julie Ellingson, NDSA executive vice president: (701) 223-2522 • 

Emily Bendish, NDSA communications director: (701) 223-2522 •


North Dakota Stockmen’s Association applauds Senate’s passage of 

U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement


        North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) President Dan Rorvig, a McVille, N.D., cow-calf producer, issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) this morning on a vote of 89-10:

       “American agriculture has had back-to-back wins – yesterday signing a Phase-One trade deal with China and today the Senate overwhelmingly passing the USMCA.

       “The USMCA is important to our state’s beef producers, as it preserves our duty-free, unrestricted access to our two neighboring countries and, additionally, codifies important sanitary and phytosanitary standards to ensure that trade rules are based on science, not the political whims of foreign governments. 

       “Canada and Mexico are invariably two of the United States’ top beef customers, purchasing nearly $2 billion worth of product each year. The U.S. Meat Export Federation estimates that U.S. beef exports add approximately $323 per head to each fed animal in the United States and the Canadian and Mexican purchases account for about $70 of that amount.” 




The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association is a 90-year-old beef cattle trade organization representing approximately 3,000 cattle-ranching families. Its mission is to unite, protect, promote, educate and serve the state’s beef industry. For more information, visit