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Trade Agreements

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Day ahead – Jan. 21, 2020: Farmer aid update, China’s US ag buys & farmer views of Trump

While US farmers will get the third installment of the 2019 farmer aid from USDA, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue is talking about the prospects for a 2020 aid plan as US and Chinese officials talk about the purchases of US ag goods and approval ratings for President Donald Trump in farm country continue to improve.

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US Washington week: Impeachment, World Economic Forum main attention points

There will be only a smattering of items on the agenda this week in Washington as the Senate trial on the impeachment trial will dominate attention along with President Donald Trump's appearance at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.
US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Trump touts trade wins, regulatory reforms at AFBF convention

AUSTIN, TEXAS - President Donald Trump said new trade deals – the Phase One US-China agreement and the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – and regulatory reforms including a reworked Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule underscore how his administration has “been fighting for the American farmer,” in a speech to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) convention Sunday (Jan 19).

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: Luxembourg to ban glyphosate, Italy cracks down on Mafia, Mexico-US trade deal approved

A major operation against the Sicilian mafia over alleged fraud with EU funds intended for farmers was carried out last week by the Italian authorities.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Day ahead – Jan. 17, 2020: USMCA & seasonal produce, poultry plant safety, RFS waivers

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried welcomed US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer’s commitment to address the issue of dumping related to seasonal vegetable imports from Mexico. Meanwhile, a worker fatality at a Pilgrim’s Pride poultry plant is yielding calls for an investigation and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said 21 small refinery exemptions (SREs) are currently pending.

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Senate approval of USMCA draws praise from across ag sector

Senate approval today (Jan. 16) of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) implementing legislation by an 89-10 vote drew strong praise from ag groups, who pointed to the potential trade gains and certainty that will come with ratification the accord.

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Trade Disputes

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US Washington week: Impeachment, World Economic Forum main attention points

There will be only a smattering of items on the agenda this week in Washington as the Senate trial on the impeachment trial will dominate attention along with President Donald Trump's appearance at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.
US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Trump touts trade wins, regulatory reforms at AFBF convention

AUSTIN, TEXAS - President Donald Trump said new trade deals – the Phase One US-China agreement and the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – and regulatory reforms including a reworked Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule underscore how his administration has “been fighting for the American farmer,” in a speech to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) convention Sunday (Jan 19).

US Agricultural Policy Trade Agreements

Day ahead – Jan. 17, 2020: USMCA & seasonal produce, poultry plant safety, RFS waivers

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried welcomed US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer’s commitment to address the issue of dumping related to seasonal vegetable imports from Mexico. Meanwhile, a worker fatality at a Pilgrim’s Pride poultry plant is yielding calls for an investigation and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said 21 small refinery exemptions (SREs) are currently pending.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Senate approval of USMCA draws praise from across ag sector

Senate approval today (Jan. 16) of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) implementing legislation by an 89-10 vote drew strong praise from ag groups, who pointed to the potential trade gains and certainty that will come with ratification the accord.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

US-EU cooperation key to addressing trade challenges: EU Trade Commissioner

Bridging the gap between the US and European Union (EU) on global trade issues is key to promoting shared values on free and fair trade, but more work is needed on that front, EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan said at an event hosted by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) today (Jan. 16).

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

Ag interests laud Phase One US-China deal, look towards Phase Two talks

Ag interests welcomed the signing of the Phase One US-China trade agreement today (Jan. 15) at the White House but emphasized Chinese follow-through will be a key factor and said more progress on tariff and non-tariff barriers on Phase Two negotiations is needed to restore their competitive position in the Chinese market.

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Traceability and Supply Chain

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US, China sign enforceable Phase One deal including ag, other purchase commitments by China

The US and China signed the Phase One trade agreement between the two countries, including protections for US intellectual property, addressing forced technology transfers and commitments on purchases US agricultural products and other goods. The agreement enters into force within 30 days of being signed.

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Wine makers call for “zero for zero” EU and US tariffs

The two leading wine sector organizations in the European Union and United States have joined forces to fight transatlantic trade tariffs on their products.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Walmart opens case-ready beef facility in Georgia

US retail giant Walmart has taken another step to create its own in-house beef supply chain with the opening of a new case-ready meat facility in Thomasville, Georgia.

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Geographical Indications

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Senate approval of USMCA draws praise from across ag sector

Senate approval today (Jan. 16) of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) implementing legislation by an 89-10 vote drew strong praise from ag groups, who pointed to the potential trade gains and certainty that will come with ratification the accord.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

US-EU cooperation key to addressing trade challenges: EU Trade Commissioner

Bridging the gap between the US and European Union (EU) on global trade issues is key to promoting shared values on free and fair trade, but more work is needed on that front, EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan said at an event hosted by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) today (Jan. 16).

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

US threatens to raise Airbus tariffs to 100%

The Trump administration considers imposing higher duties on EU agri-food exports as it looks to intensify the pressure on Brussels in an aerospace subsidy dispute.

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Labelling

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NMPF sees trade and other issues providing dairy sector optimism in 2020

Expected approval of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), an ag labor reform bill and pending action on labeling of plant-based dairy alternatives reasons for optimism by dairy producers in the coming year, National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) President Jim Mulhern wrote Tuesday (Jan. 7).

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‘Impossible Pork’ violates labeling law: NPPC

Impossible Food’s plan to market new “Impossible Pork” products violates federal food labeling laws because the product is not pork-based, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) said Tuesday (Jan. 7).

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Food industry, GE crop growers ask for more time to comment on GMO disclosure guidance

Food manufacturers and groups representing growers of genetically engineered crops have asked USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) for more time to comment on proposed guidance that will allow them to validate that refined oils and sugars fall outside the requirements of the federal GMO disclosure rule.

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