Mexico City, March 5, 2007 — “From the small coffee orchards in Chiapas to the vast wheat fields in Kansas, the complexity of agriculture and the need for increased economic opportunities on both sides of the border are evident.
“U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns is visiting Mexico March 5-7 to meet with senior Mexican officials, including Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations Patricia Espinosa, Secretary of the Economy Eduardo Sojo, and Secretary of Agriculture Alberto Cardenas.
“Secretary Johanns grew up doing chores on a small dairy farm in Iowa and is an advocate for rural communities, farmers, and ranchers. He understands complex agricultural issues and recognizes the importance of improving access to markets, protecting the environment, and investing in technology.
“By increasing agricultural trade flows, we ensure livelihoods and the future of agriculture in the United States and Mexico. Last week, specially approved Mexican trucks rolled across the border to destinations within the United States, and shortly, American trucks will do the same into Mexico. Soon those trucks will hurry agricultural products to consumers on both sides of the border. With each step forward to freer trade, with each new agreement, our economies flourish, our opportunities increase, and we take strides to unlock and secure a sustainable future.”