NCBA Pleased With Japan Trade Deal

American ranchers can breathe a little easier after it was announced that the United States has struck a deal with Japan to reduce tariffs on beef imports. The effort is several years in the making. Beef industry officials had been working on reducing costly Japanese tariffs as part of a possible Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal […]

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 […]

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. […]

Ag Groups Want More Action on New Trade Opportunities

Agriculture groups recently came together during a Farmers for Free Trade roundtable to talk about trade. They all expressed frustration that the Biden administration hasn’t initiated any new trade talks. The groups are especially interested in more Southeast Asian opportunities as more and more countries show interest in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the […]

Britain Begins Talks to Join CPTPP

Britain is negotiating to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Talks began earlier this week to join the trade deal Britain sees crucial to its post-Brexit pivot away from Europe, according to Reuters. The CPTPP agreement removes 95% of tariffs between its members, including Japan, Canada, Mexico and others. While joining […]

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, […]

Sandison: COVID, Trade Issues Remain Into 2021

It may be a different year, but many of the problems that plagued the Washington Ag community remain. While a vaccine is being distributed, it will be sometime before coronavirus is not the most pressing issue on the minds of the Ag industry, and Americans in general. Derek Sandison, director of the Washington state Department […]

Farmers For Free Trade Hopeful Biden Administration Will Bring Changes

The Biden administration has said on multiple occasions they will change the American trade policy in place over the past four years. However, Brian Kuehl of Farmers for Free Trade said doing so will take time. “We certainly are hopeful. We don’t want to get everyone’s hopes up too high though. I think it’s going […]

Salmonsen Does Not Believe New China Trade Deal Will Hurt U.S. Ag

Will U.S. farmers be hurt by the world’s largest trade deal led by China and recently signed by 14 other Asian countries? American Farm Bureau trade adviser Dave Salmonsen believes American agriculture already benefits from deals with most of the Asian nations involved in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. He noted the RCEP, and the […]

AFBF: 2020 Has Potential To Be A Big Year For American Ag

2020 is expected to be a big year for U.S. ag export growth.  That, according to American Farm Bureau Federation’s Dave Salmonsen.  He said the year ahead is expected to see a big boost in U.S. farm exports to China.   “We have a date of January 15th, let’s hope it happens there, is getting a […]