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(Daily News)
August 01, 2016

COEUR D’ALENE, ID -- Sugar growers and users of refined sugar, as well as a top raw sugar broker, warned here that failure to successfully renegotiate the U.S.-Mexico suspension agreements could result in 80 percent duties being placed on imports of Mexican sugar, an outcome that was decried across the board and places the modification of the suspension agreements as a top priority for the sugar industry in the near-term.


(Daily News)
August 01, 2016

COEUR D'ALENE, ID -- Senior members of the House and Senate Agriculture committees in separate videos presented here on Aug. 1 vowed to defend America sugar growers in a series of upcoming fights, including talks with the Mexican government, future trade agreements, and the drafting of the 2018 farm bill.


(Daily News)
July 14, 2016

Within the next two weeks, the United States will pitch a proposal to the Mexican government in their renegotiation of the sugar suspension agreements that only U.S. companies which utilize certain refining techniques be allowed to import raw sugar from Mexico, multiple industry sources have told Inside U.S. Trade.


(Daily News)
July 12, 2016

The House GOP leadership has assured supporters of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's catfish inspection program that a Senate-passed resolution to transfer the inspection authority from USDA's Food and Safety Inspection Service back to the Food and Drug Administration -- and thereby effectively repeal the program -- won't come to the floor for a vote this week, House sources said.


(Daily News)
June 23, 2016

The bipartisan leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and its Health subcommittee in a June 22 letter strongly urged the House leadership to bring to the floor a measure that would repeal the Department of Agriculture's catfish inspection program, which has caused trade friction with Vietnam and been pulled into the debate over food safety implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.


(Daily News)
June 17, 2016

The leadership of the House Agriculture Committee and the chairman of the House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee have urged their colleagues to oppose the transfer of catfish inspection from USDA to the Food and Drug Administration, which they charged at a minimum involves the misuse of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) and would fail to protect the health of U.S. consumers.


(Daily News)
June 16, 2016

A majority of House Republicans on June 15 signed a letter urging leadership as early as next week to take action on a Senate-passed resolution that would repeal the U.S. Department of Agriculture's catfish program and move the inspection of catfish from the stricter oversight of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service back to the Food and Drug Administration.


(Daily News)
June 16, 2016

The Obama administration is engaged in an intense effort to open the Chinese beef market in which animal traceability is the last remaining issue in reaching an agreement to lift the ban on U.S. beef imposed after the outbreak of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), U.S. Agriculture Department officials said this week. USDA and USTR are working together on the negotiations.


(Daily News)
June 09, 2016

At this week's Strategic & Economic Dialogue, the U.S. pledged to work toward opening its market to allow imports of cooked Chinese poultry, which would result in an expansion of China's right to ship poultry products from chicken originating in the U.S., Canada and Chile.


(Daily News)
June 02, 2016

The Canadian dairy industry, in an ongoing fight against what it sees as a glut of U.S. imports of ultrafiltered milk, has instituted a temporary program that allows Canadian cheese manufacturers to buy domestic ingredients at world market prices, as opposed to the usually higher price controlled by its national supply management system.


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