Ag Community Continues To Wonder What’s After Phase One

The Phase One Trade Agreement between the U.S. and China has, for the most part, been good for American agriculture and the overall U.S. economy. How good? The U.S.-China Business Council says America’s exports to China in 2020 surged by $18.5 billion, an 18% gain over 2019. Doug Barry, director of communications for the council, […]

Report: U.S. Animal Protein Needs Trade Negotiators Back at the Table

A report from CoBank shows animal agriculture needs trade negotiators at the table to build export markets. The report says the recent nomination of a chief agriculture negotiator with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is an important step forward. However, Elaine Trevino has yet to be confirmed by the Senate. U.S. animal protein […]

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 […]

How Could China’s CPTPP Application Impact Beef Trade?

The international community is taking a renewed, and refreshed interest in the TPP replacement. China is looking to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, CPTPP. Joel Haggard, senior vice president at the U.S. Meat Export Federation, noted China as well as Taiwan submitted their applications with in a week of each other. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Vilsack: We Must Continue To Put Pressure On China

In order to maintain the Ag export pace that is forecasted to set records for this year and next, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the U.S. needs to make sure,” We continue to put pressure on China to live up to its requirements and its promises that it made in the phase one trade agreement.” […]

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 Talks Trade, China, CPTPP

Trade is vital to the American farm economy, especially for producers across the Pacific Northwest. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack recently took time to address trade concerns, and to share what the Department is doing to help producers find overseas markets. Once concern for many in farm country is the approaching end of the Phase One […]