The World Trade Organization today sided with the U.S. in its complaint that China has not lived up to pledges it made nearly twenty years ago to buy billions of dollars of wheat, rice and corn through tariff rate quotas.
With 95 percent of California’s Central Valley wetlands lost over the last century to urbanization and highly productive agriculture, researchers warn that the area’s once prolific native salmon could disappear within 50 years.
The island nation of Haiti, rocked by recent violent protests over allegations of corruption, inflation and a flailing economy, needs cheap food, and the country is reaching out to U.S. rice farmers and millers for help.
USDA economists expect farmers to increase plantings of corn this spring while reducing their soybean production as the Trump administration's ongoing trade war with China remains unsettled. Record amounts of meat and milk production are projected.
China needs rice imports, U.S. farmers are anxious to sell more rice and it might not be long before the countries are doing business after more than 20 years of haggling over details of opening up trade.
China is technically open to U.S. rice now – the Chinese ban was lifted Friday - but trade can’t begin flowing yet thanks to bureaucratic steps that remain unfinished, according to U.S. industry officials.