It’s been a process years in the making, but USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is now proposing to give China, Vietnam and Thailand the green light to export catfish to the U.S., so long as the product comes from USDA-certified facilities.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has an alternate plan to end the U.S. trade war with China and the Trans-Pacific Partnership is key to its success, the cabinet member and former Georgia governor told Agri-Pulse in an interview.
Opposition to moving the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture out of Washington, D.C., continues to mount, with the National Farmers Union the latest to voice concern about USDA's proposal.
Though the storm was downgraded from hurricane to tropical storm to tropical depression, Florence’s heavy rainfall delivered significant river flooding and badly damaged ag producers across North and South Carolina.
House and Senate negotiators are likely to provide another infusion of cash into rural broadband development, but an effort to repeal the Obama-era “waters of the U.S. rule” doesn’t appear likely to survive the talks on fiscal 2019 spending bills.
The European Union is now willing to restart negotiations on beef trade with the U.S., but it’s still unclear if the Europeans are willing to include any other agriculture issues in the ongoing talks aimed at avoiding an all-out trans-Atlantic trade war.
Food insecurity in the United States fell last year from 12.3 percent to 11.8 percent of U.S. households, the sixth straight year of declines following the 2007 recession, USDA's Economic Research Service reported today.