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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.
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.
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).
The Senate is expected to vote to approve the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) today (Jan. 16). Meanwhile, USDA is seeking information on infrastructure for higher biofuel blends and a court upheld California’s ban on the production and sale of foie gras.
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.
The three major members of the World Trade Organization who called on Tuesday (January 14) for an overhaul of the WTO subsidies rules, face a near-impossible task to get their proposed amendments adopted.
The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) won approval from two more Senate panels, with four more committees set to vote on the pact today (Jan. 15) and full Senate consideration expected Thursday (Jan. 16). Meanwhile, the Phase One US-China deal is set to be signed today at the White House and the Department of Energy (DOE) announced new funding for research on bioenergy crops.
European Union (EU) Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan will meet with US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer Thursday (Jan. 16) to discuss sensitive trade issues. Meanwhile, a Michigan food manufacturer stopped production after FDA found multiple food safety violations and President Donald Trump is set to address the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention this weekend.
The two leading wine sector organizations in the European Union and United States have joined forces to fight transatlantic trade tariffs on their products.
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