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UK food exports rise as new deals with China and Philippines set course for Brexit

UK exports of food and drink were worth £10.2bn in the first half of 2017, up by 8.5% on the previous year and setting a new record for the sector, the country’s food industry association reported today. Food minister George Eustice welcomed the growth and said new deals agreed with China and the Philippines will see UK pork and beef exports rise further. However, the ongoing uncertainty over the Brexit process will keep celebrations muted.

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Analysis looks at possible impact of post-Brexit trade scenarios on UK agriculture

Brexit will have major implications on UK agricultural commodity markets due to significant changes to trade flows once the UK leaves the EU, under a variety of possible scenarios, a new analysis has shown.

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Farm groups ask for improvements in NAFTA, while Lighthizer says it needs major overhaul

Farm groups from Canada, Mexico and the United States sent a joint letter to the three governments Wednesday, urging an improved trade deal that would allow better flow between borders and eliminate non-science-based trade barriers.

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USTR launches Section 301 investigation of China over intellectual propertyArticle

An investigation of China's actions on technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation under Section 301 of US trade law has been launched by US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer.

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EU Direct Aid Payments - an overview

Direct aid payments to EU farmers have existed since the earliest days of the CAP, but until the early 1990s they were secondary in importance to market support. Following the “MacSharry reforms” of 1992, however, the balance between the two types of support shifted decisively in favour of direct payments.

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