AFBF: Dropping Trump Era Tariffs Would Be Beneficial

One American Farm Bureau official says the U.S. and China want to reduce or drop Trump-era tariffs on a range of goods, possibly including farm goods, but any such deal if a far way from official. AFBF Senior Director of Congressional Relations Dave Salmonsen said both sides have signaled an interest in reducing the tariffs, […]

NAMI: House Report Distorts Meatpacker Efforts to Fight COVID

The North American Meat Institute says the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis’ recent report distorts the truth about the meat and poultry industry’s efforts to protect workers from COVID. The report says meatpackers worked with the Trump administration to make sure they could stay open during the pandemic. “The Meat Institute and its […]

Environmental Groups, Fishing Industry Urge Biden to Rollback Trump Executive Order

More than 175 fishing, food advocacy and environmental groups call on the Biden administration to revoke the Trump Administration’s executive order, Promoting Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth. The groups say the executive order shortcuts the regulatory process for developing industrial offshore finfish aquaculture facilities in federal waters without Congressional oversight. Offshore finfish aquaculture is a […]

Newhouse: Administration Cannot Return To WOTUS

As many in farm country know, the Biden Administration is looking at returning to the Obama-era Waters of the U.S. Rule, better known as WOTUS. Dan Newhouse, chair of the Western Caucus, said such a move would not only devastate the Ag industry, but it would also be very unpopular. Newhouse said he recently crafted […]

Administration Continues Some Tariff Exclusions with China

The U.S.-China Business Council applauded the Biden administration for renewing tariff exclusions on 352 categories of Chinese imports. However, the group is disappointed that the administration didn’t approve the exclusions on the full list of 549 categories requested. The council says no reason was given for not approving them all. American companies have submitted 53,000 […]

Former Ag Secretary Perdue Sole Finalist for University System of Georgia Chancellor

Former Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is the sole finalist in the search for the next chancellor of the University System of Georgia. The decision follows a national search over the past year to lead the university system. USG’s 26 public colleges and universities enroll more than 340,000 students and employ more than 48,000 faculty and […]

American Apple Growers Have Not Received Help From Administration, Bair Says

Jim Bair, President and CEO at USApple said the farming community needs the Biden Administration to reverse the tariffs imposed on China by the Trump Administration, but right now there is no interest in doing so. He noted that exports of Washington apples have dropped considerably over recent years, thanks to the 50% price increase […]

USTR Releases Annual Report on China’s WTO Compliance

China failed to reach the Phase One Agreement commitments to purchase U.S. goods and services, including agricultural commodities. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office revealed the data in a more than 70-page report this week. “The reality is that this Agreement did not meaningfully address the more fundamental concerns that the United States has with China’s […]

ICA Watching WOTUS Debate Very Closely

Like much of the farming community across the country, the Idaho Cattle Association is watching the ongoing WOTUS debate very closely. The Biden EPA has announced it will replace the Trump era Navigable Waters Protection Act, but it remains unclear if that means a return to the Obama Administration’s Waters of the U.S. rule. Cameron […]

Report: Apple Exports TO SE Asia Drop 40%

Apple Exports to Southeast Asia have dropped by 40% over the past three years. Thursday’s report from the U.S. Apple Association said the drastic drop in exports is especially being felt as Chinese New Year gets underway Tuesday. The holiday helped secure a large market for the U.S. apple industry prior to a series of […]