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Canada is important to Iowa’s future

By Staff | Aug 25, 2017

Selling American agricultural products internationally makes an important contribution to our nation’s economy. It’s also hugely significant for the Hawkeye State.

According to information provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, agricultural exports support more than 1 million American jobs. Increased trade with China has been much in the news lately. That nation is becoming one of the most significant marketplaces for Iowa’s agricultural products. Another trading partner much closer to home is currently even more critical to the Hawkeye State.

Gov. Kim Reynolds paid particular attention to the Canada-United States trade partnership in her remarks this month after meeting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau while she was attending a U.S. National Governors Association meeting.

“More than 27 percent of Iowa’s exports are sent to Canada, making them our top trading partner, Reynolds said. “Whether it’s Iowa pork or self-propelled bulldozers, Canadians are buying Iowa’s premium products.”

There is robust agricultural trade between Iowa and Canada that exceeds $1.5 billion annually. It is very much a two-way proposition. Iowa exports products valued at more than $800 million to Canada each year and imports more than $600 million in agricultural products from that nation.

Finding buyers all over the world for Iowa’s bountiful agricultural products helps keep our state prosperous. According to Agriculture and Agi-Food Canada, that nation’s department of agriculture, trade and investment with Canada generates 100,000 jobs in Iowa. The highly positive relationship between our two nations benefits both and is especially good news for Iowans.

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