farm bureau

Farm Bureau Board Endorses USMCA Agreement

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

The board of directors of the American Farm Bureau Federation recommended swift passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Exports to Canada and Mexico under USMCA’s predecessor, the North American Free Trade Agreement, increased from $8.9 billion to $39 billion yearly. The USMCA would retain those gains while adding improvements in terms of trade for poultry, eggs, dairy and wine. AFBF, …

trade barriers

Cattlemen Urge Action to Reduce Trade Barriers in Japan

Dan Beef, Cattle, Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Kevin Kester urged the Trump Administration to move quickly to tear down trade barriers for U.S. beef in Japan. Speaking at a public hearing on the potential economic impact of a U.S.-Japan bilateral trade agreement, Kester noted that reducing tariff and non-tariff trade barriers would benefit Japanese consumers and U.S. cattle producers. Japan is the top …

market facilitation

Market Facilitation Program Payments Stuck at OMB

Dan Economy, Industry News Release, Trade

Farmers thought they’d have more details on the second round of USDA trade-aid payments by now. However, Farm Journal says the payments are still under negotiations. USDA is negotiating with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for that second round of payments under the Market Facilitation Program. USDA had originally intended to release the information today, Monday, December 10, …

dairy farmers

Dairy Farmers Want Access to Japan

Dan Dairy, Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

America’s dairy farmers are urging President Trump to work on opening up the Japanese market as soon as possible. Officials are getting ready to begin trade talks between the two countries next month. The National Milk Producers Federation was one of four groups that gave testimony at the U.S. International Trade Commission hearing on the potential trade pact. The Office …

market

U.S. Beef Gains New Market Access in Morocco

Dan Beef, Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the government of Morocco has agreed to allow imports of U.S. beef and beef products into Morocco. 2018 is the first year that U.S. beef and poultry exporters have access to Morocco’s market under the terms of the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Morocco opened its …

ag

Announced China Ag Purchases Lack Details

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

Agriculture eagerly awaits any details regarding increased purchases of U.S. ag products by China. President Trump over the weekend said following a discussion with China that the nation “will be buying massive amounts of product from us,” promising an “incredibly positive impact on farming.” Politico reports, however, there is no guarantee China will hold its end of the bargain, as …

trade

U.S.-China Take Step to Resolve Trade Differences

Dan Beef, Industry News Release, Soybeans, Trade

News of progress in resolving a U.S.-Chinese trade dispute has several in the ag sector expressing levels of optimism. Rod Bain has the story. U.S.-China Take Step to Resolve Trade Differences Source for below: American Soybean Association Soybean Growers Relieved to Hear Positive Trade News from G20 The American Soybean Association (ASA) was pleased to hear positive reports from the …

mexico

U.S. Pork Losses from Trade Dispute with Mexico: $1.5 Billion

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Pork, Trade

Losses Attributed to China Dispute Estimated at $1 Billion The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) called for an end to a trade dispute that has cost U.S. pork producers an estimated $1.5 billion this year, according to Iowa State University Economist Dermot Hayes. “We are very pleased with the new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, one that preserves zero-tariff …

agriculture

Agriculture Groups Respond to USMCA Signing

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

American Farm Bureau Federation USMCA Agreement Important Relief for Agriculture The following statement can be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “Today’s signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement continues the progress American farmers and ranchers have made since the North American Free Trade Agreement took effect in 1994. “Agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico increased from $8.9 billion to …