Mexico’s Organic Requirements for U.S. Exports Delayed Until 2022

Brian German Organic, Trade

Implementation of new organic requirements for American exports entering Mexico will now be delayed until 2022. Last December, Mexico published a measure requiring that most organic products be certified under Mexico’s Organic Law (LPO) standards. Enforcement of the new requirement was initially set to begin immediately. After negotiations between Mexican officials and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and …


Agriculture Included in New COVID-19 Relief Package

Dan Alabama, Beef, Cattle, Citrus, Coronavirus, Dairy, Economy, Equine, Field Crops, Florida, Fruits, General, Georgia, Hemp, Herbs, Industry, Labor and Immigration, Legislative, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Organic, Pasture, Pecans, Pork, Poultry, Seeds, Sheep-Goats, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Trade, Vegetables

The $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, known as “The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021” is now official as President Biden signed the bill late last week. We’ve all heard how the package will include $1,400 stimulus checks for qualifying individuals, extends unemployment benefits, and more. But it also increases assistance through USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). And according …


Citrus Showcase Speaker Predicts Trade War Ahead

Dan Citrus, Exports/Imports, Trade

Geopolitical expert Peter Zeihan was the keynote speaker for the recent California Citrus Mutual Showcase. The showcase was presented on March 4 online. Zeihan said he believes North America will recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19 this year, but the rest of the world will not. That, along with other factors, leads him to predict a trade war is inevitable, …

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Vilsack Discusses China Trade Deal

Clint Thompson Trade

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently talked about China, the complexities of the U.S.-China relationship and its potential impacts to agricultural trade. When it comes to the Phase One trade deal signed last year, he said China is making good on some of its promises. While COVID-19 has impacted the amount of purchases China has made, Vilsack noted he’s upbeat …

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Vilsack: Trade is Necessary and Important for Agriculture

Clint Thompson Trade

During his recent confirmation hearing, Agriculture Secretary Nominee Tom Vilsack discussed many issues. This included trade, and how important it is for agriculture. While Vilsack is expected to be easily confirmed by the full Senate, some feel that process may now be delayed until after the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.

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Commissioner Fried Testifies Before U.S. International Trade Commission

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Trade

(FDACS) — Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried testified before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on the urgent issue of unfair foreign trade devastating Florida’s and America’s domestic produce industry. The virtual hearing was on an ongoing ITC investigation into unfair trade practices by foreign exporters leading to a surge of blueberry imports in the U.S. market. Since entering the U.S. market in 2009, …

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NPPC Supports Tai Nomination as U.S. Trade Representative

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

(NPPC) — President-Elect Joe Biden on Thursday nominated Katherine Tai to be the U.S. Trade Representative. Since 2017, she has been the chief trade counsel for the House Ways and Means Committee and previously served in the Office of the United States Trade Representative as chief counsel for China Trade Enforcement. The following statement may be attributed to National Pork …

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AFBF Welcomes Nomination of Katherine Tai for U.S. Trade Representative

Dan Industry News Release, Legislative, Trade

(AFBF) — President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Katherine Tai to be U.S. Trade Representative. The following statement may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “We’re pleased President-elect Biden will reportedly nominate Katherine Tai to be the next U.S. Trade Representative. America’s farmers and ranchers rely on a fair marketplace to compete globally and it’s …


USDA Extends Deadline for Seafood Trade Relief Program

Dan Aquaculture, Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade, USDA

(USDA/FSA) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a one-month extension to the signup period for the Seafood Trade Relief Program, which supports the U.S. seafood industry and fishermen impacted by retaliatory tariffs from foreign governments. Fishermen can now signup for the program through January 15, 2021. To date, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has paid more than $140 …