The Agriculture Department overhauled its Market Facilitation Program to broaden the number of farmers that would receive the trade aid, but officials may encounter new grumbling over the wide disparities in county payment rates.
Agriculture will be one of the core subjects when U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin travel to China next week to resume trade talks, according to a White House statement released Wednesday.
By the end of the year, China is finally expected to implement the quotas for corn, wheat and rice as it agreed to do about 20 years ago, but it may not be a cause for celebration for American farmers.
The telephone talks between U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators went well last week, potentially leading to an in-person meeting next week and an increase in Chinese imports of U.S. soybeans, according to Chinese and U.S. sources.
Snowballing signals from the White House of losing patience over the slow pace of ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement could force a showdown with House Democrats, and there’s a lot at stake for the U.S. ag sector.
Negotiations between the U.S. and China resumed this week after Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed last month to try again to end their trade war, and California’s wine makers are hoping a resolution can salvage years of work to turn the Chinese into faithful customers.