Tom Vilsack’s return to USDA has been on hold for reasons because of delays in getting the 50-50 Senate organized. But incoming Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow tells Agri-Pulse she hopes to get Vilsack’s nomination for agriculture secretary approved “as soon as possible” once she takes over the committee.
All of the European Union nations have signaled their approval of the trade agreement with the United Kingdom, allowing the pact to take effect on Friday and prevent the economic turmoil many feared when Britain exits the EU.
The United Kingdom, now free from the European Union, published negotiating objectives Monday for a free trade agreement with the U.S., and improving agriculture imports and exports will be key during talks that are expected to begin in the next several weeks, British government officials said.
The U.K. successfully split from the European Union last week, setting into motion a scramble on both sides of the Atlantic in Washington and Brussels to woo the British into a free-trade agreement as billions of dollars in ag trade hang in the balance.