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House Speaker Paul Ryan says he asked Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (True-doh) regarding Canadian market access for U.S. dairy producers. The Wisconsin Republican met with Trudeau Monday as part of Trudeau’s visit to Washington, DC this week. Continue reading

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During his visit with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (true-doh), U.S. President Donald Trump said there would only be “tweaking” needed to the North American Free Trade Agreement. Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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Ahead of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s state visit here, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Pork Producers Council urged President Trump to begin negotiations on a free trade agreement with Japan.

In a joint letter transmitted to the White House, NCBA and NPPC asked the president “to initiate free trade agreement negotiations with nations in the Asia-Pacific region beginning with Japan. … As you continue to lead America forward, we want to be a resource for your administration for possible strategies in improving existing and future trade agreements for the benefit of our producers.” Continue reading

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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

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

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Tomatoes are supposed to be good for you, so why did a hospital send patients home with instructions to avoid tomatoes?

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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

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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

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As President Donald Trump gets set to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), U.S. state directors of agriculture are weighing in on which parts of the agreement they’d like to see fixed. Continue reading

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U.S. food producers are expediting shipments to Mexico and seeking alternative markets as concerns rise over immigration and trade policy changes. Food producers are lining up alternative markets as business could be at risk if clashes over trade and immigration escalate between Mexico and the U.S., according to Reuters. Continue reading

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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

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The United Kingdom says U.S. President Donald Trump has agreed to start trade talks between the U.K. and the United States. 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

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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

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President Donald Trump’s plan to implement a 20 percent tax on all goods imported from Mexico would likely harm agriculture and consumers alike. Continue reading

japan china trade
Japan isn’t enthusiastic about inviting China into a pacific-rim trade deal abandoned by the U.S.A., fearing increased clout from Beijing and loosening the standards on what it calls “the gold standard for trade rules.” Continue reading

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