Wyden, Crapo Say Transparency Is Vital During Trade Talks

Bipartisanship is rare on Capitol Hill these days, but one area of agreement recently is transparency in trade talks. While lawmakers aren’t directly involved in trade negotiations, they must ultimately approve trade deals the U.S. strikes with other nations, making transparency during negotiations vital. The issue came up as the Senate Finance Committee voted last […]

Americans Support Tough Stance on China

President Biden inherited a challenging relationship between the U.S. and China, including a trade war, tariffs on both sides, human rights issues, and more. A Pew Research Survey shows that 89%, consider China a competitor or enemy rather than a partner. Many Americans also support taking a firmer approach to the bilateral relationship, whether by […]

Farm Futures: Why Farmers Feel Threatened by Biden Administration

According to a recent Farm Futures survey, farmers feel threatened by potential policy objectives under the Biden administration. The survey shows nearly nine out of ten farmers believe taxes will go up under the current administration. Another 71% believe WOTUS will be overturned. Only 22% believe markets will stabilize with a new trade strategy. And […]

Tai Nomination On To Full Senate

While the Senate Finance Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to approve Katherine Tai to become the next U.S. Trade Representative, Ag senator Chuck Grassley says the Biden trade agenda won’t likely become clear for months. The former Senate Finance Chair, said, as he sees it, Katherine Tai, will be confirmed well before President Biden’s trade agenda […]

Sandison Hopeful Trade Climate Will Improve

Many in the Ag industry are trying to prepare for life to return to normal once the pandemic is behind us. One of the best ways to do that, according to Washington state Department of Agriculture director Derek Sandison, improve trade. “If we can get back into the mode at looking at expanding markets, whether […]

Bullard Reacts To High Beef Import Numbers

The USDA is out with its December cattle and beef trade data, meaning a full view of 2020 is now possible. Imports of beef are continuing to soar, with an all-time high of 4.4 billion pounds coming into the country in 2020. The data shows the average price of fed cattle in 2020 was just […]

Trade Policy will be a Big Topic on Thursday

Trade policy is expected to be front-and-center this week as the Senate Finance Committee considers President Biden’s nominations for the U.S. Trade Representative and the number two Treasury official. Wally Adeyemo is the nominee for Deputy Treasury Secretary, and Katherine Tai is the USTR nominee. How the Biden Administration will handle China in the wake […]

Taylor: Oregon Ag Continues To Work To Put 2020 In The Past

For many in the Oregon agriculture community, 2020 was a very challenging year, and the impacts are still being felt. Alexis Taylor, director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture said the coronavirus pandemic had a huge impact on everything from day-to-day operations to international trade and everything in between. Taylor said thanks to the rollout […]

China Surpasses U.S., Becomes EU’s Biggest Trading Partner

New data from the European Union puts China ahead of the United States as the EU’s biggest trading partner. A spokesperson from China’s Foreign Affairs Ministry calls the data “great news for both sides.” 2020 saw China-EU economic and trade ties grow stronger against the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 60 percent of EU companies in […]

Democratic Lawmakers Seek End to Cuba Embargo

Last week, Senate Democrats introduced a bill to end the U.S. embargo on Cuba. Senate Finance Committee Chair, Oregon’s Ron Wyden introduced the U.S.-Cuba Trade Act of 2021 to repeal sanctions on Cuba and establish normal trade relations with the island nation. Wyden stated, “To continue this outdated, harmful policy of isolation would be a […]