Balanced Reporting. Trusted Insights. Monday, April 12, 2021



Swine slaughter

Philippines opens up to more pork imports

The Philippines, already a big importer of U.S. pork, is lowering its tariffs to allow for more foreign supplies as the country continues to battle African swine fever, according to an announcement made Wednesday by the National Pork Producers Council.
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No end in sight for status quo in US-China ag trade

The U.S. ag sector really wants to know what’s coming next for the tenuous trade situation with China, but farmers and ranchers may have to settle for the status quo in the near future as the Biden administration takes its first steps toward dealing with the communist country.
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Katherine Tai

US ag exports suffer as USTR suspends a key trade tie with Burma during unrest

The U.S. on Monday suspended a formal trade tie with Burma two months after a military coup and the arrest of the country’s elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and others in her National League for Democracy party. The U.S. action comes after years of increasing agricultural trade with Burma amid warming relations between the two countries, but that progress is now threatened.
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Strong China trade pushes up sorghum prices

The U.S. shipped 353,200 metric tons of sorghum – roughly 14 million bushels - to China from March 5-11, an extraordinarily high amount that helped push prices to $5 per bushel, according to the latest USDA trade data and an analysis by the National Sorghum Producers.
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Biden officials prepare to take on USMCA troubles

U.S. farm groups are concerned about the increasing agricultural trade troubles with Mexico and Canada despite the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement and Biden administration officials are stressing that resolving those issues is a priority.
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