With talks on the agenda, many producers are hoping for progress between the U.S. and China as pesticides are on the list of next tariffs. As AgNet West reported last week, President Trump is slated to meet with China’s chief official at the G20 summit this weekend.
President Trump said the deal was almost done before China backed out. That put new taxes on the remaining $325 billion dollars worth of Chinese imports back on the table. Many in the agriculture industry are concerned with that list as several pesticides are included. The National Association of Farm Broadcasters reported that CropLife America and a specialty chemical trade group filed comments with the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office that stated the tariffs would include glyphosate, 2,4-D, atrazine, and dicamba. The group said in the statement that they are seeking an exemption from the tariff list as there are no or realistic options for the product. The statement read “Many of the chemicals that would be subject to the proposal are just not available from American sources, and many others are not reasonably available from sources outside of China in the volumes we need and within a useful time period.”
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