U.S. Raising Tariffs on Certain European Imports

The U.S. government says it will raise tariffs on certain products imported from the European Union. Reuters said those products include wines from France and Germany, as well as aircraft components. It’s the latest move in a longtime battle between Washington D.C and Brussels over aircraft subsidies. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said […]

Despite Pandemic, Trade Front Remains Active For America Farmers

As 2020 draws to a close, the United States is busy working to improve things on the trade front for American farmers. There was a lot of talk in farm county this year about China, and what the country said it would buy, and what it was actually buying. Dave Salmonsen, senior director of congressional […]

Biden Nominates Tai to be New U.S. Trade Representative

Last week, President-elect Joe Biden nominated Katherine Tai to be the new U.S. Trade Representative. She’s served as the chief trade counsel for the House Ways and Means Committee since 2017. Tai previously served in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as the counsel for China Trade Enforcement. Howard Roth, National Pork Producers Council […]

USTR Is Taking Action on U.S. Dairy Access to Canada

The U.S. Dairy Export Council and the National Milk Producers Federation applaud the announcement that the U.S. Trade Representative is taking action on Canada’s dairy policies. Robert Lighthizer will initiate official consultations with Canada to examine the administration of its Tariff Rate Quota obligations for dairy. The two U.S. dairy organizations have long raised an […]

AFBF: Phase One A Win For American Ag

The American Farm Bureau Federation says Phase One of the trade deal with China has been a success. Farm Bureau Senior Congressional Relations Director Dave Salmonsen disputes some media and social media claims that Phase One, which is still short of annual targets, is a “failure”. “Oh, absolutely not. I think you have to look […]

USDA, USTR Seek Experts for Agricultural Trade Advisory Committees

The USDA and the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office are accepting applications for new members to serve on seven agricultural trade advisory committees. Members of the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee advise USDA and USTR on operating existing U.S. trade agreements, negotiating new agreements, and on other trade policy matters. Members of six Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees […]

Newhouse Optimistic About Future With China Following Meeting With Doud

Greg Doud with the U.S Trade Representative’s office recently made a trip through Washington, talking about the state’s Ag community and what can be done to encourage more trade into the future. Central Washington Representative Dan Newhouse met with the Ambassador during his stop in Ritzville. The two talked not only about USMCA, Japan, ongoing […]

U.S./UK Trade talks Progressing

The United States and the United Kingdom wrapped up the fourth round of trade talks this month, with another round planned for mid-October. The UK Department of International Trade says, “Significant progress has been achieved since launching negotiations in May 2020, and most chapter areas are now in the advanced stages of talks.” Chief Ag […]

Ag Groups Want U.S. to Remain in WTO

A coalition of 62 leading U.S. agriculture stakeholders is asking for continued membership in the World Trade Organization. A Corn Refiners Association sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, as well as leaders of the Senate Finance, House Ways and Means, and the House and Senate Ag Committees calling for effective WTO reform. […]

USTR Announces Plan to Help Produce Farmers

The Trump administration this week released a report outlining its plan to address the threat posed by increased foreign imports to American producers of seasonal and perishable fruits and vegetables. The plan follows public hearings held in August, where more than 60 witnesses testified, in addition to over 300 written submissions. USTR will request the […]