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Vice President Mike Pence talks trade policy at Indiana farm

Posted at 9:24 PM, Apr 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-04 21:24:23-04

BOONE CO. — Vice President of the United States Mike Pence visited the Hoosier state on Thursday. The Vice President landed around 3 p.m. and headed to a family farm in Boone County to discuss the potential impact of the U.S. Mexico, Canada agreement.

This was an effort to pressure Congress to replace the North American Free trade Agreement, or NAFTA, with the proposed U.S. and Mexico Canada Free Trade Agreement, known as USMCA.

It's estimated Hoosier farmers export billions in corn and other products to Mexico and Canada. The new trade deal is set to open more markets to both countries.

"Well, one in four of our pork production here in the state of Indiana is exported out of the country," Vice President Pence told RTV6. "Our promise to the people of Indiana, to agriculture all across this country, is that we're working every day to expand markets."

There are more than 50,000 farms in Indiana. Many farmers are also concerned about the ongoing trade war with China.

Vice President Pence said that while he was in Lebanon, President Trump was in talks with China's leader working on a trade deal.