The talks to renew the softwood lumber trade agreement between the U.S. and Canada have begun. The neighboring nations signed a deal in 2006 regarding the sale of Canadian lumber to the U.S., but, if a new agreement isn't reached by October, the deal will be over. If that happens, dealers could begin to pay tariffs on the lumber they import from Canada. The NLBMDA, in its 2016 National Policy Agenda, has urged Washington to renew the deal, arguing that the nation's lumber needs cannot be sourced by domestic means alone. Much has changed since the initial agreement in 2006. The decimation of trees by the Mountain Pine Beetle comes to mind, but only the next eight months will tell dealers where they'll stand with the Canadians.

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