Fazio: Ag Community Has Been Doing The Right Thing During The Pandemic

Saying “better late than never”, the Washington Farm Bureau and the Washington Farm Labor Association are breathing a sigh of relief, after Governor Jay Inslee, the State Department of Labor and the Health Department revised emergency housing rules for farmworkers. WAFLA Executive Director, Dan Fazio said removing the masking and social distancing requirements makes perfect […]

Supreme Court Decision In Mexico Good News For Idaho Growers, Says Muir

The late April Supreme Court ruling in Mexico allowing for the import of U.S. potatoes is being celebrated by American growers. Frank Muir, President and CEO of the Idaho Potato Commission, said this has been a long battle for growers across the Gem State and across the nation. “I think what will happen in Mexico […]

Trade Officials Begin USMCA Summit

Trade talks are underway between the U.S., Mexico and Canada, as part of a two-day summit focus on USMCA. The agreement is nearing its first anniversary, and there are a handful of issues of concern. Politico reports there are continuing labor concerns between the U.S. and Mexico and trade barriers in place by Mexico and […]

USMEF: Market Diversification The Key

March was a good month for American meat exports. According to the U.S. Meat Export Federation, beef and pork exports totaled just under $1.6 billion. When breaking down the numbers, beef exports set a single month record, with more than $800 million sent overseas in March of this year. Dan Halstrom, President and CEO of […]

Tai Addresses Trade Concerns Of Congressional Leaders

Trade took center stage in Washington D.C Wednesday. U.S. Trade Ambassador Katherine Tai pushed back on Republican claims that new trade deals are on the back burner in the Biden Administration. Challenged by top Finance Republican Idaho’s Mike Crapo that the Administration has put trade deals with the U.K. and Kenya on the back Burner, […]

U.S. & Mexico Keep Organic Trade Open

Last week, Mexico agreed to extend the deadline for U.S. organic exports to be certified to its Organic Products Law. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met with his counterpart, and they agreed to extend the compliance deadline to December 31, 2021. Through 2021, USDA-certified organic products may continue to be exported, but on January 1, […]

Canadian National Railway Purchasing 1K Grain Cars

Canadian National Railway has placed an order for 1,000 new generation, high-capacity grain hopper cars. The new railcars, to be built in Mexico, will help meet the growing needs of North American grain farmers and the demands of grain customers. The order is part of a larger program to build and renew a fleet of […]

Little: Virtual Trade Mission Benefits Idaho Ag Economy

Idaho Governor Brad Little says he is starting to see early, positive results from the state’s recent virtual trade mission to Mexico. Little noted that Mexico is Idaho’s fourth largest export destination, accounting for the purchase of nearly $225 million in Idaho products last year alone, with much of that coming from agriculture and food […]

Mexico Supreme Court Overturns Ban On Fresh U.S. Potatoes

Earlier this week, the Mexican Supreme Court overturned a 2017 lower court decision that prevented fresh U.S. potatoes from entering the country. Wednesday’s unanimous ruling, marks the end of a decade-long legal process that began when Mexico’s potato industry sued its government to prevent competition from imports. Since it first allowed for the importation of […]

Voigt Challenging Conditions Remain For Local Potato Growers

Despite a sense of that the end of the pandemic may be in sight, a host of challenges remain before the local potato industry. Chris Voigt, Executive Director for the Washington state Potato Commission says one of the biggest challenges is not in the field, but after the spuds are pulled during harvest. He said […]