Focus On Fruit for 06/03/21

In today’s Focus On Fruit, BJ Thurlby President of Northwest Cherry Growers discusses how they plan to market in southeast Asia. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Focus On Fruit for 05/20/21

B.J. Thurlby, President of Northwest Cherry Growers, talks about marketing efforts and areas of focus in the year ahead. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Tai: Trade Deals Must Have Bipartisan Support

U.S. Trade Ambassador Katherine Tai says any new multilateral Asia Pacific trade deal for the Administration must be bipartisan, while a key bilateral deal with the U.K. may be complicated by continued turbulence in Northern Ireland. When speaking before the Senate Finance Committee recently, Tai said the Transpacific Partnership, from which the Trump administration withdrew, […]

Perdue: Farmers Are Patriots, U.S. Should Focus On SE Asia

If you could go back to April 2017, Sonny Perdue’s first day as Ag Secretary. You would have heard him telling USDA employees. “My vision for the department of agriculture is to be the best managed, the best regarded agency in this country.” Fast forward almost four years, Perdue said this week he’s hopeful he […]

Over 25 Years, Ag Export Destinations Shift

The face of Ag trade in the U.S., and where American goods land have changed considerably over a quarter of a century. The United States is the world’s second-largest agricultural trader, trailing only the European Union. American ag exports grew significantly over the last 25 years, from $46.1 billion in 1994 to $126.7 billion in […]

China-Led Trade Pact Signed

The ink is officially dry on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, signed by China and 14 other nations over the weekend. The New York Times said the signing ceremony came about after eight years of talks leading up to one of the world’s largest regional free-trade agreements. While the pact is somewhat limited in scope, […]

USMEF: August Was A Great Month For Beef Bound For Taiwan, Korea

According to the latest USDA data, U.S. beef exports to Korea and Taiwan set new records in August. Dan Halstrom, U.S. Meat Export Federation President and CEO, noted exports to Taiwan in August totaled 7,439 metric tons, valued at nearly $64 million. He said Taiwan is enjoying a tremendous recovery in the food service industry. […]

USMEF Meat Consumption Starting To Rebound In Asia

While the U.S. is in the middle of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be some good news to report on the coronavirus front. Dan Halstrom, President and CEO of the U.S. Meat Export Federation, said consumption of red meat, specifically beef is starting to rebound of weeks of declines. He noted many of hardest […]

Vetter: SE Asia To Big To Ignore

While most eyes are on a trade deal with China, one former top Ag negotiator said the U.S. cannot ignore the importance now and into the future of Southeast Asia.  Darci Vetter, former Chief Ag Negotiator at USTR was heavily involved in negotiations of TPP.  The U.S. walked away from that 12 nation trade deal […]

Apple Commission Celebrating First Ever Apple Week

Now through Friday, the Washington Apple Commission is celebrating the first worldwide Washington Apple Week.  The event, according to the Commission celebrates the high quality apples grown in the state.  The Commission’s Toni Lynn Adams said the week long event is a new way to kick off the export season and generate excitement about the […]