Vilsack Explains How USMCA Can Benefit American Farmers

Shortly after taking office earlier this year, Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, placed an emphasis on USMCA and how it can benefit the American farmer. “[We want to] re-enforce our goal and our belief that these agreements need to be enforced to the letter.” With, Vilsack noted, particular focus on Canada. Specifically on dairy as the […]

USTR Begins USMCA Dispute Panel on Dairy Trade with Canada

On Tuesday, Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced the U.S. has requested and established a dispute settlement panel under the USMCA regarding dairy trade. The request seeks to review measures adopted by Canada that “undermine the ability of American dairy exporters to sell a wide range of products to Canadian consumers.” The U.S. is challenging Canada’s […]

Tai Addresses Dairy Issues Between U.S./Canada

The dairy industry has expressed frustrations with our neighbors to the north. Many American producers allege Canada is trying to limit imports of U.S. dairy products, despite the updated USMCA. So now, the U.S. dairy industry is pressing the Biden administration to start a dispute settlement case with Canada. During a recent House hearing with […]

Trade Officials Begin USMCA Summit

Trade talks are underway between the U.S., Mexico and Canada, as part of a two-day summit focus on USMCA. The agreement is nearing its first anniversary, and there are a handful of issues of concern. Politico reports there are continuing labor concerns between the U.S. and Mexico and trade barriers in place by Mexico and […]

Tai Addresses Trade Concerns Of Congressional Leaders

Trade took center stage in Washington D.C Wednesday. U.S. Trade Ambassador Katherine Tai pushed back on Republican claims that new trade deals are on the back burner in the Biden Administration. Challenged by top Finance Republican Idaho’s Mike Crapo that the Administration has put trade deals with the U.K. and Kenya on the back Burner, […]

Mexico Supreme Court Overturns Ban On Fresh U.S. Potatoes

Earlier this week, the Mexican Supreme Court overturned a 2017 lower court decision that prevented fresh U.S. potatoes from entering the country. Wednesday’s unanimous ruling, marks the end of a decade-long legal process that began when Mexico’s potato industry sued its government to prevent competition from imports. Since it first allowed for the importation of […]

Canadian National Launches Rival Bid for Kanas City Southern Railroad

Canadian National Railway Tuesday made a rival bid for Kansas City Southern. The proposed cash-and-stock transaction is valued at $33.7 billion. The proposal represents a 21% premium over the implied value of the Canadian Pacific transaction. Dow Jones reports the new bid from Canadian National is $200 in cash and 1.059 Canadian National shares for […]

NPC Concerned About the U.S./Mexico Trade Relationship

The National Potato Council and 26 other leading food and agricultural associations recently sent a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack expressing concern over what they call the deterioration of the U.S.’s trade with Mexico. NPC Public Relations Director Mark Szymanski said potato growers have been denied market access, corn growers are having genetically modified crops […]

Vilsack Highlights Trade Priorities

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is talking about his top trade priorities now that U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai has been confirmed. Vilsack noted recently the main focus will be on trade relations with Mexico and Canada, as well as strengthening existing trade agreements with China and Japan. “Implementation of USMCA. Expansion of the Japanese trade […]

Tai Confirmed as U.S. Trade Representative

By a unanimous 98-0 vote Wednesday, the Senate confirmed Katherine Tai as the next U.S. Trade Representative. Tai had already won a unanimous voice vote in committee. Senate Finance Chair, Oregon’s Ron Wyden called Tai a “terrific person” for USTR. “She led crackdowns against China’s trade cheating and job ‘rip-offs.’ As the top trade staffer on the Ways […]