VDACS News Releases
October 19, 2018
VDACS attends the 2018 Tri-National Agriculture Accord
Contact: Michael Wallace, 804.786.1904
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) attended the 2018 Tri-National Agricultural Accord, an annual meeting of the state and provincial leaders from Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. This year marks the 27th year of the annual meeting which is being held in in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
“Virginia values the trade relationships with Canada and Mexico, as we export $276 million and $113 million in food and agriculture products to Canada and Mexico respectively,” said VDACS Deputy Commissioner Charles Green. “The value of our relationship extends far beyond the trading of products. Exchanging ideas and forging new ways to collaborate are some of the most important things we can do when we come together annually at the Tri-National Accord.”
The Tri-National Agriculture Accord represents a longstanding commitment among the senior state and provincial agricultural officials of Canada, the United States, and Mexico to work together collaboratively on agricultural trade and development issues. The current arrangement is rooted in a U.S./Canada exchange dating from 1984. When efforts to expand the U.S./Canada Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to create a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) got underway in the early 1990s, it was decided to invite Mexico to participate in the Accord arrangement. The first trilateral Accord meeting took place in Puerto Vallarta in 1992. Since that year, an annual Accord meeting has rotated among the three countries.
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