The House of Representatives Wednesday easily approved legislation aimed at stopping ocean carrier companies from refusing to load U.S. agricultural and other goods for exports to Asia and around the globe.
China is asking ag and food exporters to register with the country’s General Administration of Customs (GACC) to allow the government to centralize information on companies selling a wide range of products to Chinese buyers.
The Agriculture Department's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is awarding over $200 million to over 60 U.S. agricultural organizations to "help expand commercial export markets for U.S. goods," the agency said.
The Biden administration is still planning to hit exports of potash fertilizer from Belarus with sanctions, but it won’t do so until the end of April. That will give farmers time to stock up on the input, according to the National Corn Growers Association.
Lawmakers worried that China could gain control over the U.S. food system through land purchases are looking to curb the nation's grip on American farmland, despite no evidence of a spike in land sales to Chinese interests, according to an Agri-Pulse analysis of Agriculture Department data.
Nations continued to heatedly bicker and complain even in the last days leading up to what was supposed to be the summit for reforming international agricultural trading rules, but the postponement World Trade Organization’s 12th Ministerial Conference gives WTO countries more time to lay the groundwork for consensus.