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Mexico Threatening to Stop Buying Corn from U.S.

AAEA members available to talk about the policy and impact on American agriculture

This week government officials in Mexico plan to introduce legislation that would stop corn imports from the United States and instead have the country buy its corn from Argentina and Brazil.

Mexico purchased an estimated $2.4 billion of corn from the United States in 2015. That is up from an estimated $390 million when the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was put into place in 1995.

How could this proposed legislation hurt America’s corn farmers? AAEA has experts in trade economics available to discuss the ramifications of the U.S. losing a big corn exporter. If you are interested in setting up an interview, please contact Jay Saunders in the AAEA Business Office; or by phone at (414) 918-3190.

ABOUT AAEA: Established in 1910, the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is the leading professional association for agricultural and applied economists, with 2,500 members in more than 20 countries. Members of the AAEA work in academic or government institutions as well as in industry and not-for-profit organizations, and engage in a variety of research, teaching, and outreach activities in the areas of agriculture, the environment, food, health, and international development. The AAEA publishes two journals, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, as well as the online magazine Choices. To learn more, visit

Contact: Allison Scheetz
Senior Communications Manager
(414) 918-3190