Sandison: Washington Farmers Continue To Persevere Despite Back-to-Back Challenging Years

It goes without saying, 2020 was a difficult year for Washington’s farm economy. Between challenges with domestic and international trade, worker safety, new government regulation and more, 2020 was a year almost everyone was happy to see come to an end. Unfortunately, for farmers across the Evergreen state, 2021 has not been much better. Drought […]

Trevino Nominated for USTR Chief Agricultural Trade Negotiator

Earlier this week, President Joe Biden nominated Elaine Trevino for chief agricultural trade negotiator at the United States Trade Representative’s Office. Trevino is President of the Almond Alliance of California and served as a Deputy Secretary at the California Department of Food and Agriculture for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Governor Gray Davis. In the announcement, […]

July Beef Exports Set Record While Pork Value Remains Strong

U.S. beef exports set another value record in July. Data recently released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation shows export value climbed 45% year-over-year to just over $939 million, while volume was the third largest of the post-BSE era at 122,743 metric tons, up 14% year-over-year. July beef exports to the […]

USDA Trade Numbers Continue To Look Good

When taking a look at the first ten moths of this fiscal year, the USDA says ag exports hit $147.5 billion. “Well on track to meet the projections for fiscal year 2021,” according to USDA economist Bart Kenner. He noted total exports are expected to top out at $173.5 billion. With two months of data […]

Ag Groups: Tax Proposals Risk Future of American Farms

The American Farm Bureau Federation, 46 state Farm Bureaus, and 280 organizations representing family-owned agribusinesses recently sent a letter to Congressional leaders regarding tax policies and the impact they will have on the farming sector. The letter asks lawmakers to leave important tax policies in place as they draft legislation implementing President Biden’s “Build Back […]

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 […]

U.S. Red Meat Exporters and Latin American Buyers Reunite at USMEF Event

More than 130 red meat buyers from 21 countries across Central and South America and the Caribbean recently gathered at the U.S. Meat Export Federation Latin American Product Showcase. The event was held annually from 2011-2019 before the COVID pandemic forced a postponement in 2020. The showcase, held August 25-26, is well-established as a go-to […]

Shackleford Names Assistant USTR for Southeast Asia and the Pacific

Earlier this week, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced Dawn Shackleford as the Assistant United States Trade Representative for the Office of Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Shackleford most recently served as Assistant United States Trade Representative for WTO and Multilateral Affairs.  “Her diplomatic experience and judgement will be invaluable as we engage our trading […]

WTO Panel to Review China’s Compliance on Farm Product Imports

The World Trade Organization this week established a dispute panel requested by China. The panel will determine whether China complied with an earlier WTO ruling regarding the administration of its tariff rate quotas. China submitted its second request for a dispute panel to determine whether it has complied with a 2019 ruling concerning its TRQs […]

U.S. Wheat Associates Welcomes Suspension of Vietnam Wheat Import Tariff

U.S. Wheat Associates applauds USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service for their work alongside Vietnam’s Ministry of Finance to reduce the cost of wheat for Vietnam’s millers and consumers. Vice President Kamala Harris announced Vietnam will reduce or eliminate import tariffs on several U.S. commodities, including wheat. The tariff suspensions are expected to be implemented soon. Industry […]