Manitoba and Indiana foster ag trade ties
September 18, 2018 By Greenhouse Canada
As NAFTA negotiations continue between Canada and the US, representatives from Indiana and Manitoba met yesterday to discuss interests around a stronger Canada-U.S. trade and investment partnership.
“Indiana and Manitoba share common priorities and strengths in the agricultural sector that provide excellent opportunities for more collaboration and information sharing,” says Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler.
Both Departments of Agriculture signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday to foster co-operation and encourage informational exchange in key areas including agricultural research and trade.
According to the release, trade between Manitoba and Indiana totaled $1.1 billion in 2017 and increased almost 36 per cent since 2013. The state is Manitoba’s seventh-largest trading partner among U.S. states, and 189,800 jobs in Indiana depend on trade and investment with Canada.
Others involved in the talks included Indiana Lt.-Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Deputy Premier Heather Stefanson, and Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen.
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