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AgriGrowth Council to Host NAFTA Panel Discussion
Minnesota Ag Connection - 03/14/2018

AgriGrowth, whose members represent the broad spectrum of Minnesota's agriculture and food production sectors, is hosting a panel luncheon discussing the positive economic impacts of NAFTA to the U.S. and Minnesota economies. "NAFTA Works: Impacts on U.S. Agriculture" luncheon will include panelists Congressman Tom Emmer; Paul Connors, consulate general of Canada; Gerardo Guerrero, consul of Mexico; and Perry Aasness, executive eirector Minnesota AgriGrowth.

The event takes place March 28 from 11:30 am. to 1 p.m. at the Metropolitan Club, 5418 Wayzata Blvd., Minneapolis.

Nearly 50 percent of Minnesota's agricultural exports go to Canada and Mexico, valued at over $1.5 billion per year. Amidst NAFTA re-negotiations between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, AgriGrowth is pleased to host a forum to hear from representatives of all three governments discuss the importance of NAFTA to Minnesota's agriculture sector and the state's economy.

Minnesota AgriGrowth Council is a non-partisan, non-profit member organization representing the agriculture and food systems industry. AgriGrowth's strategic approach to policy development, issues management, collaboration and awareness fosters long-term sustainability, competitiveness and business growth. The organization's diverse membership provides an informed and respected perspective for key influencers and consumers. AgriGrowth's industry-wide perspective is essential in a state where agriculture and food is the second largest economic driver. More information can be found at

Emmer was sworn in for his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives on January 6, 2015. He was overwhelming re-elected on November 8th, 2016 and is currently serving his second term in the 115th Congress. Tom represents Minnesota's Sixth Congressional District and serves on the House Financial Services Committee. He was born in 1961 and raised in the great state of Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and then William Mitchell College of Law.

Connors, consulate general of Canada, is a career Foreign Service Officer specializing in economic policy with a focus on natural resources. He has been posted to Switzerland, Germany, Mexico and twice to Washington D.C. He has served in the Nuclear Policy Division, including as Canada's representative on the G-7 Nuclear Safety Working Group, and the G-8 Summit Division. In 2016, Mr. Connors was appointed as Consul to Minneapolis to lead the foreign policy and public affairs team covering these aspects of Canada's relations with Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. In November 2017, Mr. Connors became Consul General ad interim.

Guerrero, consul of Mexico in St. Paul. He has worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1987 and joined the Diplomatic Corps in 1997. Consul Guerrero has served as attorney in different legal offices within the Ministry, as well as at the Consulate in New York. Most recently, he served as Deputy Legal Advisor in charge of the negotiation and final approval of all international treaties and agreements signed by Mexico. He served also as Deputy General Director for Legal Affairs. He studied law at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), received a Master's degree on international trade legal aspects at Instituto Technológico Autónomo de Mexico (ITAM) and a LLM on US Law from the University of Houston.

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