Focus On Fruit for 09/16/21

In today’s Focus On Fruit, Mark Powers President of the Northwest Horticultural Council talks about trade priorities for the local tree fruit industry. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Trevino Nominated for USTR Chief Agricultural Trade Negotiator

Earlier this week, President Joe Biden nominated Elaine Trevino for chief agricultural trade negotiator at the United States Trade Representative’s Office. Trevino is President of the Almond Alliance of California and served as a Deputy Secretary at the California Department of Food and Agriculture for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Governor Gray Davis. In the announcement, […]

Shackleford Names Assistant USTR for Southeast Asia and the Pacific

Earlier this week, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced Dawn Shackleford as the Assistant United States Trade Representative for the Office of Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Shackleford most recently served as Assistant United States Trade Representative for WTO and Multilateral Affairs.  “Her diplomatic experience and judgement will be invaluable as we engage our trading […]

Vilsack, Tai, to Meet with USDA Ag Policy Committee

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai will meet with the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee Friday. The committee, managed by the Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Trade Representative’s office, offers advice on U.S. trade policy. Topics include current and new trade deals, trade agreement implementation and concerns within the agreements. The […]

USTR Tai Meets With Western Washington Farmers

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai meet with Washington farmers and ranchers Thursday. Tai and U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene toured the Washington State University Breadlab in Burlington and participate in a roundtable with local agriculture and farm stakeholders. The USTR office said the roundtable focused on how trade can help Washington’s agriculture and farm industries. A […]

Tai Talks Trade With Wisconsin Dairy Farmers

Last week, U.S. Trade Representative Kathrine Tai traveled to Wisconsin to meet with dairy farmers. Several producers voiced their concerns and priorities for dairy exports, specifically when it comes to trade issues with Canada under USMCA. “I think we had some really candid exchanges. One of the really important aspects of the USMCA is that […]

USTR Meets with USMCA Trade Representatives

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai spoke with officials from Mexico and Canada this week on trade issues during a meeting in Mexico City. The meeting coincided with the one year anniversary of USMCA replacing NAFTA. A statement from the USTR office said Tai spoke with her Canadian counterpart about softwood lumber, dairy, and WTO reform. […]

USMCA Trade Officials Meeting in Mexico City This Week

Trade representatives from the United States, Mexico and Canada are set to meet this week to commemorate the first anniversary of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, better known as USMCA. Mexico’s Secretary of Economy, U.S. Trade Ambassador Katherine Tai, and Canada’s Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade meet in Mexico City Tuesday. The […]

U.S.,UK and EU Suspend Airplane Tariffs

Trade Representative Katherine Tai returned to the U.S. Thursday following a successful trip to Europe. Tai, along with counterparts from the European Union and the United Kingdom, agreed to suspend tariffs caused by disagreements over aircraft. Tai, announcing the agreement with the UK Thursday, said both the EU and UK and the U.S. will establish […]