American farmers and ranchers are vital to a food company like ours, since they’re our primary source of supply. Together, we take pride in feeding people across this great country.

We also help feed people in other parts of the world, which is why the ability to export our products is critical to us and our future. Each day, products we make here in the U.S. are sold in global markets.

Tyson Foods has annual export sales of about $5 billion and we believe this number will continue to grow. Global consumers want U.S. protein and we want the opportunity to meet that growing demand. That’s why we support the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.   

Known as the USMCA, the deal replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), an agreement the U.S. signed with Mexico and Canada 25 years ago. When it was enacted, NAFTA was key to lowering trade barriers with our North American neighbors, creating enforceable trading rules, and accessing new markets for American-made goods and services. In fact, under NAFTA U.S. food and agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico more than quadrupled, supporting thousands of American jobs.

But NAFTA is now more than a quarter of a century old and it’s time for an update.

While every region of the world is important, a vibrant North American market is especially critical. We believe healthy trading relationships begin with your neighbors.  

Mexico and Canada are among the largest export markets for our company. From a volume standpoint, Mexico is the largest overall export destination for our products. And, there’s room for more growth. What we need is trade stability and fair access.

That’s why we were pleased when the Trump Administration reached agreement with Canada and Mexico on a new trade deal. The USMCA brings America’s economic relationship with Canada and Mexico into the 21st century. It strengthens NAFTA’s market-opening provisions for key industries, such as agriculture and manufacturing, and establishes a modern roadmap for digital trade across our continent.

We urge Congress to approve this important agreement as soon as possible. It’s time to get it done. 

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Noel White has run the largest U.S. food company since late September 2018, building on Tyson Foods’ existing strategy to even better serve customers and people’s changing tastes. In his role, he leads 122,000 team members and familiar brands including Tyson, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Sara Lee, Ball Park, Wright, Aidells, ibp and State Fair.

Noel is committed to growing Tyson Foods by focusing on value-added foods and international expansion. At the same time, he aims to stabilize the company’s commodity businesses by listening to customers and adapting to their needs. He believes doing good is good business. He is passionate about both sustainability and investing in our people – for instance, by expanding our workforce education program, Upward Academy.

Bringing more than 35 years of experience with Tyson Foods and its predecessor companies (including IBP, inc.), Noel most recently served as group president of Tyson’s Fresh Meats business unit. He previously worked in numerous sales, management, and company officer positions including chief operations officer, president of poultry, senior group vice president of fresh meats, senior vice president for fresh meat sales and marketing, and senior vice president, pork product management.

A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Noel is a graduate of Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota. He received a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in economics from Oklahoma City University.