Farm Groups Ask Administration to be Firm on WTO Issues

A coalition of farm groups recently wrote to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack on challenges surrounding the World Trade Organization. The Hagstrom Report says those groups are pleased that Ambassador Tai gave strong statements on engaging boldly with the WTO. They want the Biden Administration to try and get the […]

Tai: Reduce Tensions Between U.S. and China

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai spoke during a recent meeting of the National Chicken Council and discussed the relationship between the U.S. and China. She said her recent interactions with China were intended to bring down the temperature of a trading relationship that’s become heated in recent months. Tai described the relationship between the two […]

Lawmakers Alert USTR of Chinese Influence in Latin America

A group of 12 lawmakers recently penned a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative about the growing influence of the Chinese Communist Party in Latin America and Caribbean trade and economic development. Arkansas Republican Representative Rick Crawford announced the effort Wednesday. In a letter to Trade Representative Katherine Tai, the lawmakers asked for immediate attention […]

Grassley Unimpressed After Tai’s Speech

Senior trade Senator Chuck Grassley said he fears the Administration is “throwing in the towel” on a China Phase Two deal, after a recent speech by U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai. Grassley cited Tai’s comments that China has not lived up to its Phase One commitments on Ag buys and import standards and is an […]

Focus On Fruit for 10/07/21

Mark Powers, president of the Northwest Horticultural Council talks about trade, USTR Katherine Tai and much more. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Tai Addresses Dealing With China

“In the coming days I intend to have frank conversations with my counterpart in China,” noted U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai. “That will include discussion over China’s performance under the Phase One agreement.” She said this is the start of the Biden administration’s strategy of re-aligning trade policies towards China and addressing lingering trade issues, […]

Biden Administration to Unveil China Trade Strategy on Monday

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai will reveal the Biden administration’s long-awaited strategy for moving forward with the U.S.-China trade relationship. Tai will discuss the troubled relationship during a speech at a Washington D.C. think tank. Since she first took office in March, Tai has been working through a complete review of Washington’s trade policy with […]

Halstrom: USTR At Full Strength Good for USMEF, All Of Ag

Many in farm country were happy to hear the nomination earlier this month of Elaine Trevino to serve as chief Ag negotiator at USTR. U.S. Meat Export Federation President and CEO Dan Halstrom said President Biden’s nomination is significant on a number of fronts. “Number one is it’s a key position to get some of […]

Vilsack: We Continue To Look at Trade And Foreign Undersecretary

Efforts continue at the USDA to expand Ag trade opportunities as well as build positions of Ag trade leadership at the federal level. Recently, the USTR Katherine Tai announced the nomination of Elaine Travino to be her office’s Chief Agricultural Negotiator. And regarding the position of USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign agricultural affairs: “We […]

USTR Tai Meets with United Kingdom on Trade

United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai this week met virtually with United Kingdom Secretary of State for International Trade Anne-Marie Trevelyan. Ambassador Tai emphasized her commitment to deepening bilateral trade and investment ties between the U.S. and the United Kingdom. The USTR office says Tai discussed USTR’s ongoing review of the U.S./U.K. free trade agreement […]