Groups Want Biden to Restart Trade Talks with China

Some of the most influential business groups in America want the White House to restart trade talks with China. According to the New York Times the groups also want tariffs cut on goods imported from China. Those duties have been in place since the beginning of a trade war between the two nations. The groups […]

Court Ruling Keeps Navigable Waters, For Now

A federal court in South Carolina recently dismissed a challenge to the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which was crafted to replace the Obama era WOTUS rule. The American Farm Bureau Federation said that court decision gives producers some regulatory certainty, until the Biden EPA finalizes their new rule, a process that could take months. Until […]

Newhouse: ESA Must Move Forward Not Back

Some in the Ag community are concerned discussions about rolling back changes made to the Endangered Species Act during the Trump Administration, are politically motivated all while making it more challenging to protect threatened species. “I think we need to take a step back, make sure that the things that we do actually are positive […]

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 […]

USDA Working To Make Livestock Market “More Fair”

Back to 2011, as Ag Secretary, Tom Vilsack said. “Livestock and poultry marketplaces now only become more concentrated they’ve become vertically integrated and with that there is the risk of folks being treated unfairly” And so he announced rules to correct that. The Trump administration nixed those rules, and worked on crafting its own. Now […]

Bronaugh: I Will Speak Up When It Comes To WOTUS

USDA will have inputs in federal efforts that affect agricultural producers. “When you’re talking about issues like Waters Of The US [WOTUS] we want to make sure at all times when decisions are made by partnering agencies that could adversely affect our farmers and ranchers that we want to be at the table and we […]

EPA Announces Intent to Revise Definition of WOTUS

The EPA plans to repeal and rewrite the definition of water of the United States, or WOTUS. The EPA announced Wednesday it will repeal the Trump-era Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which replaced the Obama-era Waters of the U.S. rule. EPA Administrator Michael Regan states, “the EPA and Department of the Army have determined that this […]

EPA Will Keep Biofuel Mandates Steady in 2021-2022

Three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters that the EPA’s biofuel blending mandates for this year and next will be in line with those from 2020. The agency is said to be accounting for weaker fuel demand since the onset of COVID-19. That would mean the U.S. refining industry would avoid added costs normally […]

USDA Cancels Farmers to Family Food Box Program

On Wednesday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told House lawmakers the Department of Agriculture is ending the Farmers to Families Food Box program. Representative David Valadao, a California Republican, stated, “although it wasn’t a perfect program, this program provided families with healthy, nutritious food items grown here in the U.S.,” asking Vilsack what USDA will do […]

Will The U.S. & Cuba Normalize Trade Relations

On January 3rd, 1961 President Eisenhower’s Press Secretary, James Haggerty, announced that the U.S. was severing diplomatic relations with Cuba. That was followed by a trade embargo and the closing of the U.S. Embassy on the island nation. 54 years later, the Obama Administration announced and effort to normalize relations. However, that effort was changed […]