Iowa Ag Secretary bullish on Mexico trade trip after USMCA signing

DES MOINES, Iowa- Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig is leading a trade trip to Mexico February 16-20, along with the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA). The focus of the trip will be on increasing exports of manufactured products and agricultural goods. Iowa companies sold $2.1 billion in goods to Mexico in 2018. Mexico is Iowa's number one customer when it comes to corn, animal feed, and sugars.

“I led a trade mission to Mexico in 2017, as the U.S. was starting to talk about updating NAFTA. We are fortunate to be returning only weeks after the signing of the USMCA,” said Secretary Naig. “I expect a sense of excitement and optimism among the representatives from both countries, and I look forward to engaging in positive and productive conversations that help grow this critical market for Iowa ag exports.” 

Iowa exported $547 million in corn to Mexico in 2018, and $229 million in animal feed and $190 million in sugars from Iowa. 

Mission participants include members of the Iowa Beef Industry Council, Iowa Corn, Iowa Pork Producers Association, manufacturing industry representatives and IEDA staff. Iowa companies will participate in meetings specific to their market entry or expansion needs.