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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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January 09, 2007

SALT LAKE CITY -- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said on Jan. 8 the U.S. will vigorously defend U.S. farm programs from a possible World Trade Organization challenge by Canada, which that day asked for formal consultations on U.S. subsidies for corn growers.

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November 28, 2006

USDA Deputy Undersecretary Charles Lambert today (Nov. 28) said he was “obviously very frustrated and disappointed” with a decision by Korea to reject a nine-ton shipment of U.S. beef because it contained a small bone fragment.

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September 08, 2006

South Korea announced today (Sept. 8) that it would allow imports of U.S. boneless beef products from cattle younger than 30 months of age, according to a Korean official.

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June 28, 2006

On the eve of leaving for Geneva negotiations, U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab and Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns conveyed the strong message that they will not accept a deal that does not offset cuts in domestic farm subsidies with substantial market access gains.

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April 12, 2006

Chief U.S. Agriculture Negotiator Richard Crowder today (April 12) said a key meeting of trade ministers on the Doha round tentatively scheduled for the end of April or early May will depend on whether senior officials will make progress in the agriculture negotiations during a Geneva session next week. Senior officials plan to meet for a week beginning on April 18.

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June 24, 2005

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today (June 24) said he is optimistic that Congress will approve a free-trade agreement the administration has negotiated with five Central American countries and the Dominican Republic because of an offer he has floated for managing sugar imports from the deal.

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June 14, 2005

The Senate Finance Committee today (June 14) signaled its approval for draft implementing legislation for the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement in an 11-9 “mock markup” vote, which was made possible by the decision of Sen. Craig Thomas (R-WY) to vote in favor of the legislation despite his misgivings for the agreement’s sugar provisions. Thomas did so after receiving a letter from the administration’s agriculture secretary indicating an interest in finding a solution to the sugar issue, and Thomas told reporters immediately after the vote that he was reserving his right to vote against the agreement when it is considered for final passage.

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November 15, 2004

Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman will resign from the Bush Administration, according to an informed source. Veneman would join three other members of the Bush cabinet in announcing their resignations today (Nov. 15), according to published reports.