As the situation surrounding the Mexican decree on biotech corn continues to develop, it can be difficult to stay up to date on the latest information. We will keep this post current with updates as they are available.

UPDATE February 28, 2023

  • It’s time to tell Washington D.C. that Ohio corn farmers will not accept this Mexico decree laying down. Visit now to make your voice heard!

Right now, here is what we know:

  • The United States Mexico and Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) protects free trade between the North American countries. Last year the Mexican government asserted that the country would no longer purchase biotech corn for human food consumption beginning January 2024. However, the Mexican government has accelerated that timeline, effective immediately.
  • A restriction on trade of this nature is a violation of the USMCA.
  • The National Corn Growers Association, of which the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association is actively involved, is leading the charge to combat this under the USMCA. We are working with the Biden Administration and the United States Congress to push back on the decree. Efforts to enforce the USMCA are underway in several congressional committees.
  • Mexico is one of the largest buyers of American corn.
  • Biotech corn can, as of right now, be used for industrial purposes or as livestock feed, but Mexico is actively “seeking alternatives.”

Hear from the National Corn Growers Association here:

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