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Germany asked the European Union last week to speed-up trade talks to open trade with more than a dozen countries. Continue reading

Group Urges U.S. Governors to Aid in Preserving Export Markets and ‘Consider All Tools at Their Disposal’

The U.S. dairy industry continued to push back against Canada’s protectionist policies that are effectively blocking American dairy imports into the country in violation of international agreements. A group of 17 dairy companies representing dairy farmers and processors from coast to coast asked governors in 25 states to urge Canadian policymakers to uphold existing trade commitments with the United States and halt the imminent implementation of a national strategy that would unfairly subsidize Canadian dairy products in its domestic and global markets. Continue reading

The Trump administration over the weekend announced it would pursue closer trade relations with the United Kingdom, news welcomed by the National Pork Producers Council, which urged the administration to begin talks as soon as possible.

Meeting last week at the White House, President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May agreed to hold preliminary talks on a trade deal, which can’t be finalized until the U.K. leaves the European Union. (The U.K. in June 2016 voted to get out of the economic bloc, which was formed after World War II to promote economic growth and to avoid conflict among the 28 member countries.) Continue reading

trump trade grains
Newly-inaugurated President Donald Trump has already followed through with key campaign promises related to trade policy – moves that have caused concern among grain farmers whose price is being supported by export sales. Continue reading

TPP is out
The United States is officially out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), as most expected would happen. So now what? California Farm Bureau Federation President (CFBF) Paul Wenger said work needs to start on building individual relationships with countries, and it’s up to farmers to remind the new administration how important agricultural trade is. Continue reading

trade member
Trans-Pacific Partnership member nations are hoping to salvage the trade deal after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the agreement by executive order. Continue reading

Buyers in China have canceled up to seven ethanol import shipments due to arrive by April, the first sign a likely hike in import duties is threatening to stall demand. Continue reading

agricultural trade with Cuba
Opening trade with Cuba presents clear market opportunities for U.S. agriculture. Experts at a workshop at the 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show shared with attendees what normalized trade relations with Cuba could mean for American farmers and ranchers’ bottom lines.

Dr. Steven Zahniser, an economist at the Agriculture Department’s Economic Research Service, set the stage by reviewing what trade has looked like in the past with Cuba, to where we are today, and what the future might bring. Continue reading

slow Trade with Cuba
Everett Griner talks about the U.S.-Cuba trade deal moving slow in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

bilateral agreement
Trade officials from Canada will meet with similar leadership in China next month to begin trade talks on a bilateral trade agreement. Continue reading

beefThe U.S. Cattlemen’s Association last week requested an update on the status of trade negotiations with China about the export of U.S. beef. Continue reading

The World Trade Organization ruled last week that 18 different import restrictions the Indonesian government maintains on beef, poultry and various produce items violate global trade rules, handing an overwhelming victory to the U.S. and New Zealand. Continue reading

Canada’s trade minister says the world-leading trade relationship between Canada and the United States does not need to be on U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s list of things to fix once he takes office. Continue reading

China’s Minister of Commerce said it will deal with a dispute over rice, wheat, and corn import quotas through official channels through the World Trade Organization. Continue reading



House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) issued the following statement in regard to an announcement by by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) that the U.S. will request a Dispute Settlement Panel against China concerning that nation’s $100 billion in excess subsidies—in a single year—for corn, rice, and wheat. USTR also announced that the U.S. will pursue enforcement action against China for its illegal Tariff Rate Quota administration which has harmed U.S. farm and ranch families: Continue reading

Trade with Cuba
Everett Griner talks about good, and bad, reasons to trade with Cuba in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

Agriculture trade, concept with farm field landscape
The U.S. trade gap is widening because of a decrease in soybean exports and other products, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Continue reading

New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key wants to talk trade issues with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. In a phone call between the two this week, Key told Trump he wished to talk further about trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Continue reading

TPP vote
The prospects of a TPP vote coming soon might be improving slightly as some politicians are bringing the issue to the forefront.

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poultry india
Trade officials in India are making policy changes in an effort to comply with a 2015 World Trade Organization ruling that found its ban on U.S. imports of poultry meat, eggs, and live pigs violated international rules. Continue reading

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