WASHINGTON DC (August 21, 2019) — Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles "Chuck" Grassley, a family farmer, will join former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to discuss the benefits of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) for American agriculture.
Sen Grassley and Sec Vilsack will tour A&E Dairy, located at 2420 E University Ave in Des Moines, on Monday, August 26, 11–11:20AM CT. Sen Grassley and Vilsack will hold a joint press conference afterward, 11:20-11:45AM CT. Photography/video will not be allowed on the tour. Print and radio news media will be permitted. Photography and video will be permitted afterward at the press conference. All news media interested in attending the tour and/or press conference must RSVP to Katelyn Schultz at Katelyn_Schultz@grassley.senate.gov.
“Modernizing and improving our trade relationship with Canada and Mexico is a bipartisan no-brainer. Here in Iowa, the $10 billion worth of agricultural products we export each year to our neighbors to the north and south support more than 86,000 jobs. Canada and Mexico are our allies and largest trade partners. Americans are depending on Congress to deliver much-needed certainty for the Midwest and entire US farm economy. I look forward to discussing the direct impact of these exports on Iowa’s farming communities with Sec Vilsack,” Sen Grassley said.
Vilsack currently serves as president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Dairy Export Council. Sec Vilsack served as President Barack Obama’s Sec of Ag from 2009 to 2017 and served as governor of Iowa from 1999 to 2007. Last month, Sec Vilsack testified in support of USMCA at a Senate Finance Committee hearing led by Sen Grassley.
Earlier in the day at a separate event, Sen Grassley will also participate in a tour and Q&A with employees at PowerPollen Inc in Ankeny on August 26 as a part of his annual 99 county meetings.
*Tour and Q&A with employees at PowerPollen Inc.
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