The U.S. Trade Representative addressed fertilizer tariffs and Mexico’s GMO corn ban during a market development roundtable at a farm in central Iowa Thursday.
Ambassador Katherine Tai says she understands farmer concerns about the high price of fertilizer caused in part by tariffs on phosphate imports from Morocco.
“This is me saying this, knowing that it’s in the jurisdiction of the Commerce Department, but I think it’s reasonable for us to take a look at the health and functioning of the market here domestically in light of changes that have happened in the international context.”
On Mexico’s proposed ban of GMO corn, Tai says there are challenging dynamics and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, who also took part in the roundtable, is bringing skill and expertise to those conversations.
USTR addresses fertilizer tariffs, GMO corn ban during Iowa visit