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(Daily News)
June 24, 2008

South Korea plans to formally publish regulations in its official gazette that will implement an informal arrangement announced last week that will allow U.S. beef from cattle younger than 30 months of age to be imported under an industry arrangement, according to private-sector sources. The arrangement will be effective upon publication, which is expected on June 27.


(Daily News)
June 02, 2008

South Korea today (June 2) responded to violent protests against U.S. beef over the weekend by indefinitely delaying the publication of a regulation that would have opened the Korean beef market to all cuts of U.S. beef from cattle of all ages. This is the second delay from the Korean government on this issue.


(Daily News)
June 02, 2008

European Union member states today (June 2) voted decisively against a European Commission proposal to end an 11-year-old effective ban on U.S. poultry imports. The vote could result in the proposal to allow antimicrobial treatments of poultry in the EU and for imports being shelved indefinitely, EU officials said.


(Daily News)
May 09, 2008

Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer today (May 9) vowed that the administration will fight efforts to override the certain veto of the farm bill by President Bush and accused House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) of misreading White House intentions. Schafer singled out Goodlatte's comment yesterday that President Bush understands members have to vote on the farm bill in the interest of their districts.


(Daily News)
April 29, 2008

Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer said today (April 29) that the only way the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement can be passed this year is for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to schedule a vote before the November elections, ruling out the idea it can be passed in a lame-duck session after the elections.


(Daily News)
April 29, 2008

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer today (April 29) offered sharply opposed views on the likelihood that Congress can develop a final 2007 farm bill that President Bush would sign. They spoke after attending a closed-door session of a small group of farm bill conferees.


(Daily News)
April 18, 2008

The United States and Korea today (April 18) reached agreement to revise their bilateral beef protocol in a manner that could lead Korea to fully open its market to all U.S. beef from cattle of all ages beginning in mid-May. The opening will take place in two-stages.


(Daily News)
April 08, 2008

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer said today (April 8) that efforts continue on opening the Korean beef market, but that he does not expect to announce a breakthrough during the visit this month of Korean President Lee Myung-bak.


(Daily News)
February 21, 2008

Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer said today (Feb. 21) the Bush administration expects the final cost of a 2007 farm bill to exceed the $6 billion above baseline offer it tabled this month, but he would not reveal what number is acceptable except to say it will not be that of the Senate proposal.


(Daily News)
February 13, 2008

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) and the committee's ranking member today (Feb. 13) called on the Senate to agree to their proposal for a 2007 farm bill that would cover 10 years and cost $6.1 billion more than the budget baseline. That spending level is acceptable to the White House, they announced.


(Daily News)
February 11, 2008

Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer today (Feb. 11) said he sees progress in the farm bill negotiations between the Bush administration and Congress. Both sides “continue to narrow the gap” on the bill's overall spending level and there is “some good movement” toward agreeing how to limit farm payments to recipients who exceed a certain income, he said.


(Daily News)
February 06, 2008

Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer today (Feb. 6) announced that the Bush administration opposes the recommendations by the U.S. and Mexican sugar industry to regulate bilateral sugar trade which has been unrestricted under the North American Free Trade Agreement since Jan. 1.


(Daily News)
January 28, 2008

At the urging of Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN), the Bush administration’s recently confirmed nominee for secretary of agriculture last week pledged to be a “good listener” when the U.S. sugar industry lays out its proposal developed with Mexican sugar producers for managing sweetener trade under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).


(Daily News)
January 28, 2008

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) is trying to ensure a quick vote today (Jan. 28) on the nomination of former North Dakota governor Ed Schafer to be the next secretary of agriculture.


(Daily News)
November 19, 2007

The Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF) has failed in its last-minute efforts to stop the U.S. Department of Agriculture from today (Nov. 19) opening the border to Canadian cattle of all ages born after the spring of 1999.


(Daily News)
September 19, 2007

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said today (Sept. 19) that he is confident USDA could continue its work on the farm bill and trade issues even if he were no longer Secretary of Agriculture.


(Daily News)
September 14, 2007

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today (Sept. 14) issued a rule expanding import access for Canadian cattle older than thirty months of age, provided they are born a year and a half after Canada enforced its ruminant-to-ruminant feed ban imposed to prevent bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The rule applies to cattle that are born after March 1, 1999, and Canadian exporters need to prove the birth dates of their cattle.


(Daily News)
May 15, 2007

Japan yesterday (May 14) took the first step towards easing its rules with respect to opening its market to U.S. beef by beginning a round of audits at U.S. beef plants, according to White House and Agriculture Department officials.


(Daily News)
February 23, 2007

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns this week expressed the hope that Japan will respond in a “reasonable way” to revelations that a shipment of boneless beef from a Tyson Foods plant violated the age restrictions of the U.S.-Japan beef agreement.


(Daily News)
February 21, 2007

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said today (Feb. 21) that the existing sugar program can survive for the next five years at no net cost to U.S. taxpayers if the next farm bill expands his authority to control the sale of U.S. sugar into the U.S. market.


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