KS farmers respond to President Trump's stance on NAFTA

LANE COUNTY, Kan. President Donald Trump is changing his stance on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which allows the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to import and export goods, tax-free.

On the campaign trail, the president had promised to end the agreement, but Wednesday night, he said he is renegotiating NAFTA with Mexican and Canadian leaders.

It's a decision at least one Kansas farmer says is good news for the state.

Lane County farmer Vance Ehmke is taking a sigh of relief, for now.

"Well, there's widespread agreement, especially in farm country if we would have gotten out of NAFTA, it would have been a very disastrous experience," he says.

Ehmke says trade partnerships like NAFTA are vital to the country, but especially for agriculturally-dependent states like Kansas. He says strong trade partnerships have never been more important.

"We've had here recently just humongous grain production in the United States, and if you drive around any of these elevators, it you had X-ray vision and look in there, every one of them is full. We need to be treating our customers with respect so that we can move this grain. We need to get the grain out of here," he says.

In the meantime, farmers have no choice but to wait and see what becomes of NAFTA. But Ehmke says if the agreement is eliminated, one thing is certain.

"Agriculture's got a lot more to lose than they've got to gain," he says.

Senator Jerry Moran released a statement regarding President Trump's plan with NAFTA.

It say in part, "Especially as farmers and ranchers face low-commodity prices, U.S. trade policy should be focused on expanding exports to those neighboring countries by reducing non-tariff barriers, enforcing the current trade rules, and strengthening those relationships."