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Rep. Adrian Smith said Friday he will travel to NAFTA negotiations in Montreal next week to argue for protection of U.S. agricultural markets in Canada and Mexico.

Smith announced he will be a member of a congressional delegation that will meet with negotiators, government officials and business leaders to "stress the importance of the trade agreement." 

President Donald Trump has demanded renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement and this week on Twitter described NAFTA is "a bad joke."

"NAFTA is vital to Nebraska agriculture," Smith said. "And I have been focused throughout the negotiations on making the case to do no harm to the ag economy.

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"As negotiations move forward, I will continue to lead on this crucial issue and work to strengthen the market access ag producers have achieved under NAFTA," Smith said.

"I will bring Nebraska's voice to the table in the next round of NAFTA talks," he said. 

Smith, a Republican, is the 3rd District congressman, representing all of western and central Nebraska, along with the northeast and southeast corners of the state. 

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Don Walton, a Husker and Yankee fan, is a longtime Journal Star political and government reporter.

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