Is An African Swine Fever Vaccine On The Horizon?

A vaccine for African Swine Fever? Not yet, but there is work going on in southeast Asia that USDA officials call “the most promising vaccine to date”. Dr. Jeff Silverstein with ARS said a company in Vietnam working with US researchers, has come up with a vaccine which has performed well in lab tests so […]

U.S. Wheat Associates Welcomes Suspension of Vietnam Wheat Import Tariff

U.S. Wheat Associates applauds USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service for their work alongside Vietnam’s Ministry of Finance to reduce the cost of wheat for Vietnam’s millers and consumers. Vice President Kamala Harris announced Vietnam will reduce or eliminate import tariffs on several U.S. commodities, including wheat. The tariff suspensions are expected to be implemented soon. Industry […]

Focus On Fruit for 06/03/21

In today’s Focus On Fruit, BJ Thurlby President of Northwest Cherry Growers discusses how they plan to market in southeast Asia. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Sandison Hopeful Trade Climate Will Improve

Many in the Ag industry are trying to prepare for life to return to normal once the pandemic is behind us. One of the best ways to do that, according to Washington state Department of Agriculture director Derek Sandison, improve trade. “If we can get back into the mode at looking at expanding markets, whether […]

Poultry Industry Facing a Tough Year in 2021

Like many sectors of agriculture in 2020, COVID-19 caused a big disruption to the poultry industry. Unfortunately, RaboResearch said the global poultry industry will face even more challenges in 2021, especially in the first half of the year. That according to new data in the RaboResearch 2021 Poultry Quarterly. COVID-19 will place continuing pressure on […]

USTR Initiates Vietnam Section 301 Investigation

On Friday, the Trump administration announced a trade investigation over two issues related to Vietnam. At the direction of President Donald Trump, the U.S. Trade Representative’s will investigate Vietnam’s acts, policies, and practices related to the import and use of timber that is illegally harvested or traded. USTR will also investigate Vietnam’s acts, policies, and […]

Thurlby Encouraged By Progress In Asia

Good news can be challenging to find during the coronavirus pandemic, but cherry growers may be in line for some positive news. As Asian markets begin a return somewhat to normal, growers are excited about the possibilities of shipping sweet cherries across the Pacific. “It’s certainly not going to be an export market like we […]

How Is Foreign Trade Policy Impacting American Farmers?

Sometimes the export demand for US crops is effected by more than just simple supply and demand economics. USDA Outlook Chairman, Mark Jekanowski, said sometimes policy decisions made by foreign governments can change things. Two examples: first, the Chinese policies on how much of what US products it will but to fulfill the phase one […]

Voigt: Great Potential Lies In Vietnam, the Philippines

While 2019 was a good year in the world of trade for many farmers, Chris Voigt it hoping for even bigger days ahead. The Executive Director of the Washington state Potato Commission said between Phase One, and both China and Japan expanding chipping potato opportunities, the past six months have been encouraging for local growers. […]

Vietnam to Buy $3 Billion in U.S. Farm Products

Vietnam is committing to buy $3 billion in U.S. farm goods to shrink the soaring trade surplus it has with America. Bloomberg says the Asian nation is looking to appease the Trump administration, which isn’t happy about the deficit. Vietnam is also looking to satisfy the complaints of U.S. companies that face difficulties in accessing […]