The National Corn Growers Association continues to push for swift passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, now that a deal is in place for Congress to finally consider the proposed NAFTA replacement. NCGA President Kevin Ross says the agreement is critical for corn growers across the U.S.

Over 21-point-four million metric tons of U.S. corn and corn by-products were exported to Mexico and Canada last year, valued at over four-and-a-half billion dollars. Ross says the new agreement would lower even more trade barriers.

NCGA has called passage of USMCA their top legislative priority for 2019. The deal’s introduction is expected in the House next week, while the Senate should take it up after Christmas.