China Friday responded to the US move to impose sanctions on steel and aluminum import duties that take effect today, with the country targeting US fruit, pork and other products.
Next week’s events will be focused on Monday and Tuesday: the Council continues its CAP reform discussions, MEPs are set to debate greening and rural development, and agri-food stakeholders meet at the Forum for the Future of Agriculture.
Leaders of the EU27 agreed, as expected, on Friday (March 23rd) to allow the UK to stay in the bloc for 21 months after the Brexit deadline of March 2019 to allow businesses to adapt to the new political landscape. The country’s food industry said it was “great news” for their European workers and families who could now face the future with greater certainty.
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.
European Agriculture Policy
The United States has temporarily excluded the European Union from its planned import tariffs on steel and aluminium after the bloc had threatened to introduce punitive duties on 59 American agri-food products.
It is not as if dairy buyers are not willing to help the Commission solve the Big SMP Dilemma. Tenders were received this week for 37,700 tonnes of powder – around a tenth of the volumes currently languishing in EU storehouses.
US Agriculture Policy
China’s tariff response to proposed US trade sanctions promises to have big impacts on global trade in farm goods – with certain meat, fruit and nuts among the sectors most affected.
US equity markets fell to close out the week, piling up substantial declines for the week as trade war fears continued to grip the market. The week ahead is one which will see markets closed for Good Friday, but US government offices will be open.
The potential drama that arose this morning when President Donald Trump threatened to veto the mammoth spending bill approved by the House and Senate has dissipated almost as quickly as the snow that fell on Washington, DC, this week melted away.
European Food Law
The European Commission has published a Regulation this week to assist with the calculation of maximum residue limits (MRLs) of medicines in foods of animal origin in cases where an MRL is not already set for an animal or a target tissue.
Poland’s Senate has prepared a draft bill to combat food waste, and submitted it to the Sejm, the lower chamber of the Polish parliament, for further legislative work.
The members of the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee have backed the conclusion of an EU trade agreement with Norway that would introduce mutual duty-free access for 36 agri-food products and tariff rate quotas for others.
US Food Policy
Senators from farm states warned U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer this week about the dire fallout for agriculture from the Trump administration’s trade war and the need to find new markets.
Dairy producers have proclaimed a “major victory” in their fight against the use of dairy terms for plant-based products on Friday, when the U.S. Senate signed off on a massive congressional spending bill complete with report language that directs FDA to take a more active role in restricting the use of dairy terms, such as milk.
A coalition of organic advocates and farmers is suing the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue over last week’s decision to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule.
China unveiled a list of US products that would face duties in response to the US actions announced Thursday targeting Chinese goods relative to intellectual property issues and trade-war fears are already hitting markets hard. The Senate cleared the mammoth spending plan and there are new signs of a farm bill delay.
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