USDA chief Sonny Perdue today came out in support of President Donald Trump’s trade policy tactics in proposing steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, but also stressed that the U.S. ag sector is rightfully concerned that it could suffer from foreign retaliation.
The U.S., Canada and Mexico announced progress today at the conclusion of the seventh round of North American Free Trade Agreement talks in Mexico City, but it was the U.S. plan to levy steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports that took center stage.
The Senate today cleared the way for Gregg Doud to be the next chief agricultural negotiator for the Office of the United States Trade Representative, bringing key new manpower to the agency as it renegotiates the North American Free Trade Agreement and chases new free trade agreements in Asia.
Wading into a potentially divisive farm bill issue, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asked Congress to make it harder for states to get waivers from work requirements in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Many different political voices advocated for agriculture at this year's Iowa Land Investment Expo, held in Des Moines on Jan. 26, but it was hard to tell the Democrats from the Republicans on many issues.