Ag Community Continues To Wonder What’s After Phase One

The Phase One Trade Agreement between the U.S. and China has, for the most part, been good for American agriculture and the overall U.S. economy. How good? The U.S.-China Business Council says America’s exports to China in 2020 surged by $18.5 billion, an 18% gain over 2019. Doug Barry, director of communications for the council, […]

Supply Chain Holes Will Take Time to Fill

Supply chain issues are challenging the agricultural sector, and farmers and ranchers hoping for quick solutions may be out of luck. A recent House Ag Committee hearing focused on transportation problems that are slowing the export of goods and commodities across the U.S. and the world. Gregg Doud, a former USTR Chief Ag Trade Negotiator, […]

Report: U.S. Animal Protein Needs Trade Negotiators Back at the Table

A report from CoBank shows animal agriculture needs trade negotiators at the table to build export markets. The report says the recent nomination of a chief agriculture negotiator with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is an important step forward. However, Elaine Trevino has yet to be confirmed by the Senate. U.S. animal protein […]

Lawmakers Alert USTR of Chinese Influence in Latin America

A group of 12 lawmakers recently penned a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative about the growing influence of the Chinese Communist Party in Latin America and Caribbean trade and economic development. Arkansas Republican Representative Rick Crawford announced the effort Wednesday. In a letter to Trade Representative Katherine Tai, the lawmakers asked for immediate attention […]

Tai Addresses Dealing With China

“In the coming days I intend to have frank conversations with my counterpart in China,” noted U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai. “That will include discussion over China’s performance under the Phase One agreement.” She said this is the start of the Biden administration’s strategy of re-aligning trade policies towards China and addressing lingering trade issues, […]

Halstrom: USTR At Full Strength Good for USMEF, All Of Ag

Many in farm country were happy to hear the nomination earlier this month of Elaine Trevino to serve as chief Ag negotiator at USTR. U.S. Meat Export Federation President and CEO Dan Halstrom said President Biden’s nomination is significant on a number of fronts. “Number one is it’s a key position to get some of […]

Vilsack: We Continue To Look at Trade And Foreign Undersecretary

Efforts continue at the USDA to expand Ag trade opportunities as well as build positions of Ag trade leadership at the federal level. Recently, the USTR Katherine Tai announced the nomination of Elaine Travino to be her office’s Chief Agricultural Negotiator. And regarding the position of USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign agricultural affairs: “We […]

USTR Tai Meets with United Kingdom on Trade

United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai this week met virtually with United Kingdom Secretary of State for International Trade Anne-Marie Trevelyan. Ambassador Tai emphasized her commitment to deepening bilateral trade and investment ties between the U.S. and the United Kingdom. The USTR office says Tai discussed USTR’s ongoing review of the U.S./U.K. free trade agreement […]

Focus On Fruit for 09/16/21

In today’s Focus On Fruit, Mark Powers President of the Northwest Horticultural Council talks about trade priorities for the local tree fruit industry. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Trevino Nominated for USTR Chief Agricultural Trade Negotiator

Earlier this week, President Joe Biden nominated Elaine Trevino for chief agricultural trade negotiator at the United States Trade Representative’s Office. Trevino is President of the Almond Alliance of California and served as a Deputy Secretary at the California Department of Food and Agriculture for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Governor Gray Davis. In the announcement, […]