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Canadian province sends special lumber envoy to DC, faults Obama team for prioritizing TPP

British Columbia has named former Canadian trade minister David Emerson as special trade envoy to Washington to work with his U.S. counterparts on concluding a new softwood lumber agreement between the two countries – a Canadian priority that B.C. premier Christy Clark believes was not one of the Obama administration's.

Vilsack says U.S.-UK deal could pose fewer agricultural issues than TTIP

Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said reaching a trade agreement between the U.S. and United Kingdom could be easier than concluding a deal between the U.S. and European Union, because agriculture issues with the UK would be less difficult to resolve.

U.S.-Mexico sugar talks paused, but former USDA official optimistic on deal

Negotiations to redo agreements suspending U.S. antidumping and countervailing duties on Mexican sugar have paused due to turnover in the U.S. Agriculture and Commerce departments, but a former USDA undersecretary is optimistic that a deal can be struck once the Trump administration’s team is in place and brought up to speed.

Industry praises, seeks clarification of Trump's domestic steel pipeline plan

President Trump's directive for the Commerce Department to create a plan requiring use of U.S.-produced steel in all new and retrofitted pipelines is drawing strong praise from the industry, although how the department defines American-made steel could have significantly different impacts on different types of steel producers, according to industry sources, attorneys and others.

Senators, industry worried Trump administration rhetoric toward Mexico will hurt farmers

Following reports that Mexican lawmakers plan to introduce a bill that would direct Mexicans to buy corn from Brazil, Argentina and Canada instead of the U.S. – its top exporter – U.S. lawmakers and companies are worried the Trump administration's rhetoric on Mexico could cause harm to U.S. farmers.

Branstad's China priorities include opening beef market, corn biotech traits

Convincing China to allow imports of U.S. beef and hastening Beijing’s approval of genetically modified U.S. corn traits will be top priorities of President Trump’s pick for ambassador to China, Terry Branstad, the Iowa governor said on Feb. 23 during remarks at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Outlook Forum.

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