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Former U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman speaking in Tokyo this week said the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) can still serve as a guide for future trade agreements. Continue reading

Agriculture groups
Leadership from 11 major agriculture groups met with the White House last week to discuss trade issues. The meeting followed a series of written communications to the Trump administration from the groups under the banner of the U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade, organized by the Corn Refiners Association. Continue reading

grains council
U.S. Grains Council (USGC) leaders traveled to Mexico this week to hear customer concerns about the state of trade relations between the two countries and offer reassurances about U.S. grains producers’ dedication to their market.

Chairman Chip Councell, a farmer from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and President and CEO Tom Sleight traveled to Mexico City, Guadalajara and Merida, accompanied by USGC’s Mexico Director Ryan LeGrand and Assistant Director Heidi Bringenberg. Continue reading

nafta changes
Everett Griner talks about agriculture trade will see changes in today’s Agri View.

Changes Expected

Farm organizations are waiting to see what the new administration’s posture on agriculture is going to be. Mr. Trump has had very little to say about agriculture directly. You can expect some, perhaps a great deal, of rhetoric on international trade. With issues like NAFTA, that’s the North American Free Trade Agreement, covers all trade. Not just farm trade. Farm organizations have always maintained that U.S. farmers don’t get a fair deal with NAFTA. And as China’s population continues to increase and its economic status the Chinese government will seek better trade deals with everybody. Especially the United States. Meanwhile, in Washington the national political face of agriculture is going to change. A new Agriculture Committee Chairman plus several new faces on the standing committee. I’d expect next year to be quite different for all of agriculture.

That’s Agri View for today. I’m Everett Griner.

trump host
President Donald Trump will host Chinese President Xi Jinping (she-gin-ping) in April at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. The two-day meeting is tentatively scheduled for April 6th and 7th. Continue reading

foreign trade
The United States will send a representative to a trade summit later this month on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. The agreement is thought to be dead following President Donald Trump’s removal of the U.S. from the deal. Continue reading

nafta changes
Now that Wilbur Ross is officially confirmed as Secretary of Commerce, the Trump administration may soon turn its attention to the North American Free Trade Agreement. Continue reading

Starling

Starling


The Trump administration has named Ray Starling as Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade and Food Assistance. Starling has a long history in agriculture and many groups support the appointment. Continue reading

trade agreement
Despite strong anti-trade comments from President Trump, a $1 trillion free trade agreement went into effect on Wednesday of this week, called the Trade Facilitation Agreement. A CNN Money report says the agreement is designed to cut through red tape and help solve problems like border delays and transportation bottlenecks. The World Trade Organization says it will cut a day and a half off the time needed to import goods and cut two days off the time need to export products. Continue reading

yellow corn
Mexico is turning its attention to South America, given uncertainty over U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade policies. Mexico’s agriculture minister last week announced he would lead a business delegation to Argentina and Brazil to explore buying yellow corn from the two nations. Continue reading

European union Canada trade
The European Union Parliament backed a measure Wednesday approving the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the European Union and Canada. Continue reading

China New Zealand free trade talks
China and New Zealand will hold a series of meetings to promote free trade amid growing concerns over U.S. trade protectionism. The Strait Times, a Singapore-based newspaper, reports officials from both China and New Zealand have confirmed the meetings will take place. Continue reading

assigned
President Donald Trump has assigned Vice President Mike Pence to lead economic dialogue with Japan following meetings with Japan’s Prime Minister. Trump and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Sheen-zoh-ah bay) made no decision regarding bilateral trade negotiations while meeting over the weekend in Florida. Continue reading

energy
In a letter to President Donald Trump this week, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Growth Energy are asking for help “in urgently addressing China’s recent implementation of protectionist trade barriers that are shutting out U.S. exports of ethanol and distillers dried grains (DDGS).” Specifically, the three groups are asking the incoming U.S. Trade Representative to put China’s recent actions near the top of the administration’s China trade agenda. Continue reading

Agriculture groups
More than 80 agriculture groups signed off on a letter to President Donald Trump Tuesday, calling on the administration to reduce and eliminate tariffs and other restrictive agricultural policies in the Asia-Pacific region. Continue reading

business rejection
Pork industry leaders from Canada say the rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership by the United States could create new export opportunities for Canada’s pork producers. Continue reading

trump
President Donald Trump has suggested changing the acronym of the North American Free Trade Agreement when renegotiating the trade deal. Continue reading

new zealand

Petersen


The New Zealand trade envoy says a Donald Trump presidency might be good for his country. Special Agricultural Trade Envoy Mike Petersen says, “He (Trump) is really strong on holding countries accountable on their trade obligations and that’s a good thing.” Continue reading

Cargill Chair and CEO David MacLennan

MacLennan


As Cargill Chair and CEO David MacLennan looks at the North American Free Trade Agreement, pulling out of the deal would have a “chilling effect on the already depressed agricultural economy.” He says new trade deals must fill the hole left by the Trump Administration’s move to exit the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Continue reading

by Jim Mulhern,President, CEO of NMPF

trump trade

Mulhern


On his first Monday in the White House, President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order officially abandoning the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This action raised as many questions as it answered about the future of trade policy in the new administration.  It certainly signals that America’s approach to global trade policy will undergo a serious re-examination, and face a more critical assessment than at any point in the past five decades.

Both on the campaign trail and during his inaugural address, President Trump made it clear that trade policy is a top priority, and that he intends to look at trade deals through a different lens than his predecessors.  For the U.S. dairy sector, the challenge and the opportunity going forward will be reminding policy makers that trade – and the ability to export our products – is absolutely essential to the future of our farms, as well as our cooperatives and proprietary processors. Continue reading

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