Dairy Industry Welcomes Swift Action by USTR Lighthizer to Launch NAFTA Modernization Efforts

The U.S. dairy industry commended Robert Lighthizer, the newly confirmed U.S. Trade Representative, for taking swift action under the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act (TPA) to begin the process for modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In a notification letter sent today to Congress, Ambassador Lighthizer outlined some of the areas of the agreement that are …

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NCBA Joins Canadian, Mexican Partners in Presidential Letter

“Don’t Jeopardize Our Success Under NAFTA” The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association today joined its cattle-industry partners in Canada and Mexico in sending a joint letter to the leaders of those two nations and to President Trump, urging the three leaders to not “jeopardize the success we have all enjoyed as partners of the North American Free Trade Agreement.” The letter to …


American Farm Bureau Looks Forward to NAFTA Renegotiation

The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “With the delivery of the required formal notice to Congress, the Trump administration has officially taken the first step toward re-negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The American Farm Bureau looks forward to working with the administration, Congress, other agricultural groups, and officials in Canada …


NAFTA Modernization Must Not Disrupt Pork Exports

Following notification by the Trump administration to Congress that it intends to modernize the trade agreement among the United States, Canada and Mexico, the National Pork Producers Council urged the president to make sure that tariffs remain at zero for pork traded in North America. The White House officially notified the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees, which …


Perdue Discusses Citrus, Organics and NAFTA

  New Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue testified before the House Agriculture Committee Wednesday, and was asked various questions from those who serve on that committee. One of those was Darren Michael Soto from Orlando, Florida, the U.S. Representative for Florida’s 9th district. Congressman Soto asked Perdue about citrus greening.   Congressman Soto also asked Perdue about organics and NAFTA.


U.S. Still Likely to Benefit from TPP

The United States stands to benefit from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, even though President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the trade agreement. New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay told Radio New Zealand the U.S., and other non-TPP countries, will benefit from the changes to the sharing of pharmaceutical information. However, no added benefits extend to agriculture, which TPP was thought …

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Japan Wishes for U.S. to Return to TPP

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said this week he hopes the U.S. will rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement that is worth billions of dollars for U.S. agriculture. Japan is continuing to push to finalize TPP, following Donald Trump removing the U.S. from the agreement. The 11 remaining members have started discussions on how to proceed. Prime Minister Abe …

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Mexico Officials Visiting U.S. This Week to Talk Trade

With U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s swearing-in Monday, a group of trade officials from Mexico plan to travel to the U.S. to begin working on trade issues between the two countries. U.S. News and World Report says Luis Videgaray, Mexico’s Foreign Minister, will travel with other high ranking officials from Mexico to the U.S. as the two countries seek to …


Marketing U.S. Beef in Other Countries

Trade has been in the news alot lately, and the beef industry is of course very involved in trade issues. As a matter of fact, Cattlemen’s Beef Board CEO Polly Ruhland, says the National Beef Checkoff program continues to market U.S. beef in other countries.