Harvey Forces Shutdown of Texas Ports, Threatens Others

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

Two major ports along the Gulf of Mexico in Texas are closed following the flooding and damage from Hurricane Harvey. Ports at the Texas Gulf account for about 24 percent of U.S. wheat exports, three percent of corn shipments and two percent of soybeans. In 2011, the Port of Corpus Christi ranked 13th in the Nation for total waterborne agricultural …


Mexico Won’t Negotiate NAFTA Via Twitter

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

Mexico declared over the weekend the nation would not negotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement via social media. The announcement followed another post on Twitter by President Donald Trump calling NAFTA the “worst deal ever made.” Trump wrote on Twitter that Canada and Mexico were being “very difficult” and suggested he “may have to terminate” the trade agreement. Many …


Putnam Supports 2017 National Trade Policy Agenda

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Trade

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam sent a letter to the House Committee on Ways and Means, voicing his support of the 2017 National Trade Policy Agenda. This agenda will help create a more even playing field for America’s farmers, ranchers and businesses. The following is an excerpt from the letter: “I applaud the Trump Administration’s National Trade Policy …

U.S. and Mexican Dairy Industries Make United Call

Dan Dairy, Industry News Release, Trade

The U.S. and Mexican dairy industries released a unified list of priorities today that includes modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to solidify their strong dairy market partnership, and addressing concerns about Canadian and European dairy policies. A list of nine shared priorities was agreed upon Thursday at a second annual summit meeting here between leaders of the …

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China Threatening Retaliation Against U.S. Over Trade Sanctions

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

China is threatening to retaliate against the U.S. over trade sanctions and a trade investigation, and that has U.S. agriculture on edge. China’s upset with U.S. sanctions against Chinese firms buying coal and other minerals from North Korea, and with a pending U.S. probe of China’s intellectual property practices. Beijing says the probe’s “poured cold water” on improving trade relations, …

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NAFTA Nations Sign Non-Disclosure Agreement

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

The U.S., Canada, and Mexico signed non-disclosure agreements before negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement got underway. Officials from Mexico last week confirmed the non-disclosure agreements to Reuters, which reports that the first round of talks this month concluded with signs of deep division on key issues. Per the non-disclosure agreements, each government is barred from distributing texts, …


Agri View: Resuming Beef Trade

Dan Agri View, Beef, Trade

Everett Griner talks about resuming beef trade with China in today’s Agri View.       Well, China is buying American beef again. It is not what cattlemen would like to see, but it is happening. China stopped buying American beef 14 years ago. There is still no formal trade agreement between the two countries but, individual buyers, you know …


Farm Trade Expert Says Trump “Playing With Fire” on NAFTA Comments

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

A farm trade expert says President Trump is “playing with fire” with his comments at a Phoenix rally Tuesday that he’s more likely to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement Major farm groups are reluctant or declining to comment on President Trump’s latest threat to withdraw from NAFTA, altogether. But former Department of Agriculture trade advisor in the Bill …


South Korea Says No to KORUS Talks

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

Government Officials in South Korea say the U.S. and Korea have not reached an agreement on possible revisions to the U.S.-Korea Trade Agreement, known as KORUS. A South Korea news agency reports that the nation’s top negotiator said there were differences between the U.S. and South Korea regarding the trade deal, but declined to elaborate. A meeting this week between …


Trump NAFTA Comments Worrisome to Agriculture

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

President Donald Trump told a crowd in Arizona earlier this week regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement talks that “I don’t think we can make a deal,” putting billions of dollars of agricultural exports in jeopardy. However, Reuters says Mexico and Canada dismissed Trump’s threat, describing it as a negotiating tactic designed to gain an advantage during the negotiation …