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Agri View: Talk Continues on Effects of the Wall

Dan Agri View, Trade

Everett Griner talks about how the wall will affect agriculture in today’s Agri View.       Well, talk continues about the wall. What is it going to cost? Estimates range from 8 billion to 25 billion dollars. Whatever the cost, constructing that wall is not the only thing that generates financial repercussions. Trade, especially farm trade. Sale of farm …

Adjusting NAFTA to Help Small Beef Producers

Brian German Cattle, Trade

The Trump administration is gearing up to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and the President of the National Farmers Union sent a letter urging the administration to amend the agreement to allow independent beef producers to better compete. Acknowledging the importance of NAFTA, NFU President Roger Johnson noted, “the agreement has contributed to increased consolidation in the beef …

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Beef and Pork Exports Moderate in April, Remain Above Year-ago Levels

Dan Cattle, Hogs & Pork, Industry News Release, Trade

U.S. red meat exports last month slowed moderately from the pace established in March, but were still significantly higher year-over-year, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Beef exports reached 99,000 metric tons in April, up 13 percent from a year ago, valued at $550.4 million. For January through April, beef exports were up 14 percent in volume and 18 …

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Canada, U.S., Ag Leaders Talk Trade

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

The top agriculture leaders from the United States and Canada met earlier this week, discussing trade and the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. While no negotiations took place during the meeting, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the pair did lay out concerns on agricultural trade issues, including dairy. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the …

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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to Travel to Canada

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

Secretary Sonny Perdue will make his first international trip as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Monday, June 5, to Toronto, Canada. “The bilateral U.S.-Canada relationship is important to the prosperity of both of our countries and I look forward to strengthening this bond with our neighbors to the north moving forward,” said Perdue. Perdue will meet with Canadian Minister of Agriculture …

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Rollback of Cuba Policies Will Harm U.S. Agriculture

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

A recent study says any rollback of Obama-era moves to normalize relations with Cuba will harm U.S. Agriculture. The study by Engage Cuba, a coalition of private companies seeking an end to the Cuba embargo, says any new regulations on exporting agricultural commodities to Cuba could cost $1.5 billion and affect 2,200 U.S. jobs. That’s on top of the estimated …

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Leaving Paris Climate Accord Could Impact Trade Negotiations

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

The Donald Trump administration is pledging a plan of bilateral trade negotiations with individual countries, but Politico speculates his latest move may hinder negotiations. President Trump removed the U.S. from the Paris climate accord last week, joining just Nicaragua and Syria as the only nations not to sign the pact. Politico says the withdrawal sets up the potential for other …

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USTR: No NAFTA Deadline Set

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

The U.S. Trade Representative’s Office says no deadline has been set to finalize North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations that can’t begin until mid-August. Officials from Mexico have suggested that Mexico and USTR Robert Lighthizer have agreed on a December 15th deadline to wrap up the negotiations. However, the USTR office told Politico this week no date has been set …

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Midwest Railroad Watching NAFTA Talks Closely

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

A railroad company that exports U.S. agricultural products to Mexico is closely watching the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiation effort. Kansas City Southern Railway Company CEO Pat Ottensmeyer told KMBC-TV in Kansas City, Missouri: “We once branded ourselves the NAFTA railroad.” Since NAFTA took effect, the railway has grown to send 40 percent of its business to Mexico. The …

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TPP Member Nations Moving On

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

The 11 remaining member nations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement are moving on with finalizing the agreement without the United States. Four months after the United States announced it would withdraw from the trade agreement, the remaining 11 TPP countries agreed to “launch a process to assess options to bring the comprehensive, high-quality agreement into force expeditiously, including how …

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Canada: NAFTA Talks to Start in August

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister told the nation’s lawmakers this week negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement would start in August, the earliest possible by U.S. law. Chrystia Freeland briefed Canadian lawmakers Monday on the negotiation process. She says a time crunch is looming, with the U.S. and Mexico in the biggest hurry to start talks. The Canadian Press …

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China Issues “Wish List” for U.S. Trade

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

China has issued a list of concessions that it says can help deliver a “win-win” trade relationship with America. The list is part of an 117-page document released Thursday by the Ministry of Commerce. China would like to improve infrastructure cooperation with the U.S. and accept greater imports of goods ranging from soybeans to aircraft. The report acknowledges the Trump …

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NAFTA a Success Story for Agriculture

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

A farmer from Nebraska says the North American Free Trade Agreement is a success story for U.S. agriculture and warns of the risks involved in renegotiation. In a letter published by the New York Times, Alan Tiemann writes that NAFTA has tremendously benefited U.S. agriculture. Tiemann, a past U.S. Grains Council Chairman, recalled a delegation of Mexican buyers who recently …

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NPPC White Paper Details Benefits Of NAFTA

Dan Hogs & Pork, Industry News Release, Trade

Following last week’s notification by the Trump administration that it will renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the National Pork Producers Council released a white paper on the benefits of the trade deal among the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The paper, which focuses primarily on trade with Mexico, makes the case for not abandoning the 23-year-old pact …

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Agri View: Shaking Up NAFTA

Dan Agri View, Trade

  Everett Griner talks about the shaking up of the NAFTA trade deal in today’s Agri View.       Farmers in general, agriculture in particular, is looking at anxiety at our president’s involvement in NAFTA. NAFTA, that’s North American Free Trade Agreement. If you don’t know, that is Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.A. It may not be the best …

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Robust Organic Sector Posts New Records in U.S. Sales

Dan Industry News Release, Organic, Trade

The robust American organic sector stayed on its upward trajectory in 2016, gaining new market share and shattering records, as consumers across the United States ate and used more organic products than ever before, according to the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) 2017 Organic Industry Survey released Wednesday at OTA’s Annual Policy Conference. Organic sales in the U.S. totaled around $47 …

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Conaway, Peterson Host Agriculture Committee Roundtable with Sec. Perdue and Amb. Lighthizer on Trade

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (MN-7) joined U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Sec. Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer along with other members of the committee in an executive roundtable on U.S. agricultural trade policy. Following the roundtable, Chairman Conaway, Ranking Member Peterson, Sec. Perdue and Amb. Lighthizer released the …

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Farmers Nervous About NAFTA Renegotiation

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

A large part of rural America voted in favor of Donald Trump during the recent presidential election. An Associated Press report says rural voters were drawn to Trump’s ideas on reducing environmental regulations, increasing law enforcement, and redoing health care. But farmers are looking on nervously as the White House announced last week it intends to renegotiate the North American …

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Canada and Mexico React Cautiously to NAFTA Letter

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

Canada and Mexico issued carefully worded statements following the announcement letter outlining President Donald Trump’s intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was sent to Congress, according to the Hagstrom Report. Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland said: “We are at a critical juncture that offers us an opportunity to determine how we can best align …