Agriculture Secretary Perdue is planning to head over to the White House this week to make a presentation on how the department is proposing to dole out $15 billion to $20 billion in what is tentatively being called the “Farming Support Program” for producers who continue to bear the brunt of President Donald Trump’s trade war with China, government officials tell Agri-Pulse.
The U.S., Canada and Mexico are getting close to a deal to lift U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs on its North American allies, clearing the way for ratification of a new trade pact for the three countries, says U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
Mexico is the largest foreign market for U.S. corn and distiller’s grains and the U.S. Grains Council has chosen its top representative there, Ryan LeGrand, to take over as president and CEO next month.
The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is going to have to be torn open to add labor enforcement measures or the newly renegotiated trade pact will have no chance of ratification in the U.S., AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Tuesday.
The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement would be an overall win for the U.S. farm sector, reforming biotechnology and phytosanitary standards, but it would also allow for only “slight increases” in exports of some U.S. agricultural commodities, according to a 379-page analysis released today by the U.S. International Trade Commission.
The renegotiated North American trade pact is popular in the U.S., Mexico and Canada, but the Trump administration and U.S. lawmakers are making ratification increasingly difficult with complications that threaten to derail the process.
President Donald Trump backed away from his threat to shut down the southern border with Mexico but then also pledged to hit the country with automobile tariffs, a move that breaks a promise not to do so under the renegotiated North American trade pact.
If American almond, citrus, pork, apple and dairy farmers want any chance of regaining their markets in China, Mexico and Canada, U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs will likely have to be lifted. The problem, however, is the threat of cheap foreign metal flooding the U.S. market is now as high as ever.