Senators Announce Bill Calling for New Country of Origin Labeling for Beef

Last week, a bipartisan group of four Senators jointly announced the American Beef Labeling Act. The legislation would mandate the reinstatement of beef and beef products into the existing Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling Law (M-COOL), allowing for a 12-month development and implementation grace period. The Family Farm Action Alliance has long advocated for Country-of-Origin Labeling […]

USMCA Not With Out Challenges, Head of USGC Says

The USMCA went into effect a little more than  year ago, and it was widely hailed as an improvement over NAFTA. But, Ryan LeGrand, President and CEO of the U.S. Grains Council, said USMCA hasn’t been without challenges. “First of all, we’re certainly glad to have an agreement in place with our two top trading […]

Idaho Dairy Farmer Goes Before Senate To Stress Importance Of USMCA Enforcement

Allen Huttema, Executive Committee Member of the National Milk Producers Federation, recently spoke before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee stressing the importance of enforcing the USMCA. The Parma, ID area dairy producer said it’s important that all countries, particularly Canada, holds to even the spirit of the agreement. “Making sure that our dairy products, the […]

Tai Talks Trade With Wisconsin Dairy Farmers

Last week, U.S. Trade Representative Kathrine Tai traveled to Wisconsin to meet with dairy farmers. Several producers voiced their concerns and priorities for dairy exports, specifically when it comes to trade issues with Canada under USMCA. “I think we had some really candid exchanges. One of the really important aspects of the USMCA is that […]

Dairy Industry Urges Renewal of Trade Promotion Authority

Dairy groups have called on the Biden Administration to seek renewal of Presidential Trade Promotion Authority, which expired last week. The National Milk Producers Federation and U.S. Dairy Export Council said the move will foster further expansion of U.S. dairy exports. TPA lays out congressional expectations for trade agreements negotiated by the administration and establishes […]

U.S. Dairy Industry Continues To Have Concern With Canada’s TRQ

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai has initiated a trade dispute settlement case with the Canadian government over dairy tariff-rate quota, or TRQ. Senior Vice President of both the National Milk Producers Federation and the Dairy Export Council Shawna Morris says they’ve been asking for enforcement action since mid-2020. “The main problem we pointed to in particular was the fact that […]

USMCA Trade Officials Meeting in Mexico City This Week

Trade representatives from the United States, Mexico and Canada are set to meet this week to commemorate the first anniversary of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, better known as USMCA. Mexico’s Secretary of Economy, U.S. Trade Ambassador Katherine Tai, and Canada’s Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade meet in Mexico City Tuesday. The […]

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 […]