Japan, a nation dependent on imports to feed its people, is cutting tariffs and forging stronger ties around the globe to further open up its markets, but not yet with the U.S., leaving American dairy farmers concerned.
America’s farmers and ranchers are eager for a U.S. free trade agreement with the U.K., but only if the British are willing to eventually make a clean break from the European Union and all of its restrictions that hamper or block U.S. farm commodities.
The government is reopening for at least three weeks and the Agriculture Department plans to jump-start work on implementation the 2018 farm bill, a task that was interrupted just as it was beginning in December.
The European Union is eager to work with the Trump administration to begin talks for a new U.S. trade pact, but agriculture issues will not be on the table for discussion, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström insisted to reporters today.
Reports out of China where U.S. and Chinese negotiators — including USDA officials — have been working for the past three days to end the ongoing trade war are so far positive, and that’s a good sign for the U.S. chicken industry.