The U.S. and the U.K. still have a lot of negotiating ahead of them, but the British will likely agree to a free trade agreement that allows for increased trade in beef, pork and poultry, says Gregg Doud, the U.S. Trade Representative’s top agriculture negotiator.
Agri-Pulse plans to host a webinar discussion about “The Intersection of Rural America & Manufacturing: A Preview of Election Issues with Rep. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-N.M, Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D. and AEM’s Kip Eideberg” on Sept. 29 from noon to 1 pm EST.
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett made clear in her introduction at the White House on Saturday that she maintain her textualist approach to interpreting laws. She said “a judge must apply the law as written. Judges are not policymakers and they must be resolute in setting aside any policy views they might hold.”
Farmers are still struggling to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. So, nearly 170 farm groups are calling for federal help in getting personal protective equipment and COVID-19 testing resources for farmworkers “as we continue to promote the health and safety of our farm employees and rural communities.”
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer recently called the World Trade Organization “a mess,” but some of the largest U.S. agricultural groups and companies are speaking out in a new letter to stress the importance of the WTO to American farmers.
South Korea, in a deal struck with the Trump administration last November, agreed to buy at least 132,304 metric tons of U.S. rice annually and the country is getting close to meeting that promise for 2020, according to U.S. government and industry officials.
A former chief economist for USDA, Joe Glauber, warned recently that the billions of dollars in payments to farmers to offset trade wars and COVID-19 impacts would “attract attention” on an international level. And that’s exactly what’s happening.
Former USDA Chief of Staff and White House ag advisor Ray Starling, who served under President Trump, and Obama-era Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack engaged in a civil back-and-forth Wednesday to extoll the virtues of their particular candidates of choice.