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USDA’s McKinney pressed over timeline for China ag purchases

The focus on the inclusion of a commitment by China to purchase $40 billion to $50 billion in US ag goods as part of the phase one trade deal announced at the White House October 11 continues, with reporters pressing USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney on the topic during a press call today (October 18).

US Agricultural Policy Trade Agreements

Day ahead – Oct. 18, 2019: USMCA process, International starch group, Organic program

House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) was upbeat about Mexico’s efforts to implement the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Meanwhile, the Corn Refiners Association (CFA) joined counterparts in other countries to form a new international starch group and USDA proposed multiple additions to the organic program's list of allowed and prohibited substances.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Appellate Body ‘inevitably’ headed for hiatus: WTO facilitator

A hiatus in the functioning of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body – a cornerstone of its dispute settlement process – is inevitable, Ambassador David Walker of New Zealand told WTO’s General Council, and the US rejected his proposal aimed at addressing US concerns to break an impasse on the appointment of new judges to the body.

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

Day ahead – Oct. 16, 2019: US-China deal, China farm prices, RFS timeline

Focus remains on Chinese purchases of US ag goods included in the “phase one” US-China trade deal reached late last week. Meanwhile, China’s farm produce prices continue to rise and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is likely to miss a November 30 deadline for finalizing 2020 biofuels and 2021 biodiesel volumes.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Member states demand swift EU response to US tariffs

On Monday (October 14), EU agricultural ministers reacted to the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that the US can impose tariffs on Europe’s agri-food sector and called on the Commission to quickly de-escalate tensions while also preparing “rapid support” for the worst hit areas.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Day ahead – Oct. 15, 2019: Mnuchin on US-China deal, USMCA, RFS volumes

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin struck a positive tone on the US-China trade accord. Meanwhile, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to accelerate a ratification vote for the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and updated 2020 biofuel and 2021 biodiesel Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes remain under review at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

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Trade Disputes

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USDA’s McKinney pressed over timeline for China ag purchases

The focus on the inclusion of a commitment by China to purchase $40 billion to $50 billion in US ag goods as part of the phase one trade deal announced at the White House October 11 continues, with reporters pressing USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney on the topic during a press call today (October 18).

US Agricultural Policy Trade Agreements

US cheese tariffs dampen mood at EU dairy conference

The imposition by the US of new tariffs on EU dairy exports overshadowed the agenda at this year’s European Dairy Association Congress in Vienna.

Trade Disputes Markets

Appellate Body ‘inevitably’ headed for hiatus: WTO facilitator

A hiatus in the functioning of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body – a cornerstone of its dispute settlement process – is inevitable, Ambassador David Walker of New Zealand told WTO’s General Council, and the US rejected his proposal aimed at addressing US concerns to break an impasse on the appointment of new judges to the body.

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

EU to take Colombian French fry tariff case to WTO

The EU will file a complaint at the World Trade Organization (WTO) at Colombia’s decision to impose anti-dumping import duties on European frozen French fries.

Trade Disputes Political

Day ahead – Oct. 16, 2019: US-China deal, China farm prices, RFS timeline

Focus remains on Chinese purchases of US ag goods included in the “phase one” US-China trade deal reached late last week. Meanwhile, China’s farm produce prices continue to rise and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is likely to miss a November 30 deadline for finalizing 2020 biofuels and 2021 biodiesel volumes.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Member states demand swift EU response to US tariffs

On Monday (October 14), EU agricultural ministers reacted to the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that the US can impose tariffs on Europe’s agri-food sector and called on the Commission to quickly de-escalate tensions while also preparing “rapid support” for the worst hit areas.

EU European Agricultural Policy
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Traceability and Supply Chain

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SE Asia trade mission sales commitments ‘probably third largest’ ever: USDA’s McKinney

Results from this week USDA-led ag trade mission to Southeast Asia are promising and it could prove to be one of the largest ever missions in terms of sales commitments, USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney told reporters today (October 18).

US Agricultural Policy USDA

Production of imitation Italian cheese overtakes originals, Italian farmers report

Global production of non-original Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano cheeses has surpassed the production volume of Italian originals thanks to the spread of imitations across all continents.

European Food Law US Food Policy

Saudi Arabia lifts avian-flu related import bans

Saudi Arabia has lifted a ban on imports of hatching eggs and day-old-chicks from several countries, including Denmark, Italy and Russia.

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Geographical Indications

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US cheese tariffs dampen mood at EU dairy conference

The imposition by the US of new tariffs on EU dairy exports overshadowed the agenda at this year’s European Dairy Association Congress in Vienna.

Trade Disputes Markets

Blockchain could improve accountability in food supply chain, Commission finds

Blockchain applications could be used to detect fraudulent products, certify Geographical Indications and even reduce food waste, the European Commission’s research service has found.

International European Agricultural Policy

US tariffs threaten a fifth of EU dairy export trade

Around 20% of the EU’s entire dairy export trade is at risk if the US goes ahead with its full list of punitive tariffs on EU dairy products in the Airbus World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement case.

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Labelling

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Court considers certification of 'pure' honey complaint

A California consumer is urging a federal judge to certify a class action that alleges the Sioux Honey Association's (SHA) "pure" label claim is misleading because its products may contain trace amounts of glyphosate.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Food & Ag Policy Briefing: US-EU trade tensions rise, Wojciechowski fluffs his lines, Bayer admits glyphosate ‘low point’

Following a decision by an independent World Trade Organization (WTO) arbitrator that the United States can impose retaliatory measures worth $7.5 billion over subsidies provided by the EU to Airbus, the US Trade Representative (USTR) will hit selected European food products with a 25% import duty from October 18.

Biofuels CAP

Kefir maker says FDA’s standard is unfair, calls for changes

As FDA continues to show no signs that it is getting closer to a decision on the labeling of plant-based “milks,” the agency has faced sharp criticism from yet another branch of the traditional, animal-based dairy industry.

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