WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill has partnered with a group of her Republican colleagues to request that the Trump Administration ensure that the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement doesn’t harm Missouri agricultural producers.

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill

McCaskill, along with a group of Republican senators, stressed the importance of the trade agreement between the three countries to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. According to a press release from the senator, the group of bipartisan lawmakers highlighted that the agreement was important to the success of the agriculture industry.

Since NAFTA’s inducting in 1993, both Canada and Missouri have been the top export destinations for Missouri agricultural products, and two of the top five importers of American agricultural goods, accounting for 28 percent of total American agricultural exports in 2016.

“As Senators representing states with significant agricultural exports, we appreciate the careful approach the administration is taking to strengthen the NAFTA agreement, while ensuring no changes are made that could result in harm to U.S. agriculture.”

McCaskill has long been an advocate for those involved in Missouri agriculture. A bill, led by McCaskill and Republican Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas, to protect Missouri’s agriculture industry from threats of agro-terrorism and other risks was recently signed into law by the Trump Administration. The bipartisan legislation requires the Department of Homeland Security to better prepare and prevent events that could harm agriculture and food production systems.

The bipartisan Sensible Environmental Protection Act was recently introduced by McCaskill earlier this year, along with Republican Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho. The bill provides relief to farmers who presently have to obtain two separate and duplicate approvals for the use of standard pesticides on their crops.

McCaskill was also one of the few Democrats to oppose the Waters of the U.S. rule, encouraging the Environmental Protection Agency to “go back to the drawing board.”