Japan agreed Wednesday to cut or eliminate tariffs on $7.2 billion worth of U.S. ag commodities and erect new quotas under a trade deal that U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe signed Wednesday.
The next round of high-level U.S.-China trade talks are on schedule for next month despite the White House axing Chinese plans for a key official to tour U.S. farms and processing facilities this week.
House Democrats are still far from ready to ratify President Donald Trump’s new version of the North American Free Trade Agreement, but their demands represent just one of the threats to implementation of the updated trade pact that would keep most agricultural tariffs at zero.
China cancels plans to send a goodwill delegation to Montana and Nebraska after U.S. and Chinese negotiators wrapped up talks this week in Washington, a precursor to high-level negotiations planned for early October.
High-level U.S. and Chinese agricultural trade officials are prominent in the bilateral trade talks this week as Gregg Doud, the top ag negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative, and Han Jun, China’s vice minister of agriculture and rural affairs, met together with others at USTR's Washington headquarters Thursday.
A House stopgap spending bill aimed at avoiding an Oct. 1 government shutdown would ensure that trade assistance to farmers continues and also would bolster specialty crop research and fund USDA’s coming hemp program.