farm groups

Farm Groups Ask Administration to be Firm on WTO Issues

Dan Trade

A coalition of farm groups recently wrote to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Ag Secretary Vilsack on challenges surrounding the World Trade Organization. The Hagstrom Report says those groups are pleased that Ambassador Tai gave strong statements on engaging boldly with the WTO. They want the Biden administration to try and get the public stockholding and the special safeguard …


Cattle Groups Call for Suspension of Brazilian Imports

Dan Cattle, Exports/Imports, Trade

Last Friday, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) called on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to immediately suspend all imports of fresh beef from Brazil to the United States. In the letter to USDA, NCBA asked for a suspension until the agency conducts a thorough risk assessment and review of the processes that Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Supply uses to …


USMEF Conference Concludes with Focus on Korea

Dan Beef, Cattle, Exports/Imports, Trade

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Strategic Planning Conference and Board of Directors Meeting took place last week in Carlsbad, Calif. The event wrapped up Saturday with a session focused on U.S. red meat’s success in South Korea. The conference marked the 45th anniversary of the founding of USMEF and 30 years since it established an office in Seoul, South Korea. …


U.S. – E.U. Agreement on Ag Collaboration

Dan Corn, Exports/Imports, Tariff, Trade

On the sidelines of the Group of 20 Summit this week, European Union officials and the Biden administration put together a deal to ease the tariffs on E.U. steel and aluminum imports into the U.S. while eliminating retaliatory duties from the E.U. on several U.S. goods. Rod Bain reports the new transatlantic collaboration agreement that agriculture leaders from both the U.S. …


Potential Ag Trade Impact of China’s CPTPP Bid

Dan Exports/Imports, Trade

Many countries, including China, have expressed interest in joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade agreement. U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Senior Vice president for the Asia-Pacific, Joel Haggard, looks at what this means. Haggard noted that China is already the world’s largest meat importer, but beings the market still has enormous potential for growth, that country’s application …


Farmers for Free Trade Roundtable Talks Trade, New Market Opportunities

Dan Exports/Imports, Trade

Farmers for Free Trade recently held a virtual roundtable with officials from different segments of agriculture and the food supply chain to talk about trade and the need for new trade agreements. While the Biden Administration spent time evaluating current trade agreements, different ag groups are pushing the White House to open up new trade opportunities. Doug Chapin is a …


AFBF Urges USDA to Address Supply Chain Issues

Dan Beef, Cattle, Exports/Imports, Field Crops, Labor and Immigration, Livestock, Trade

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) recently sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack detailing a list of solutions to address critical supply chain issues facing America’s farmers and ranchers. AFBF detailed seven priorities for USDA to consider in response to President Joe Biden’s Executive Order on America’s Supply Chains. Recommendations they ask USDA to consider action on include:  Livestock markets …

crop dumping

Crop Dumping by Mexico Targeted by Florida Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried

Dan Exports/Imports, Field Crops, Florida, Fruits, Hemp, Herbs, Nursery Crops, Organic, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Trade, Tree Nuts, Vegetables

Concerns about crop dumping have been a refrain in the state since shortly after the North American Free Trade Agreement was approved more than a quarter century ago. (TALLAHASSEE/August 30, 2021) — Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Monday urged people to purchase Florida-grown blueberries, strawberries and other produce to help counter what she described as “unfair foreign trade practices” by …