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(Daily News)
June 14, 2017

According to multiple sources, the Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service is set to publish on Friday a proposed amendment to a rule that will allow China to export poultry products to the U.S. from birds slaughtered in China, a move the U.S. committed to as part of the 100-day plan the Trump administration reached with China.


(Daily News)
June 14, 2017

After the U.S. and Mexico last week concluded negotiations on sugar “agreements in principle” that will replace 2014 suspension deals, the Commerce Department on Wednesday published draft amendments and announced a public comment period ending on June 21 -- with the goal of signing the deals by June 30.


(In Trade)
June 14, 2017

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Tuesday told Senate appropriators he does not believe the sugar deal that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross struck with Mexico last week features a “loophole,” as the U.S. sugar industry claims.


(Daily News)
June 14, 2017

Two Democratic senators on Tuesday said they hope a traceability requirement U.S. meat packers must meet to ship beef to China will lead to practices that will allow the U.S. to re-implement a country-of-origin labeling law that is compliant with World Trade Organization rules.


(Daily News)
June 13, 2017

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Tuesday assured Senate appropriators the Canadian dairy industry's milk pricing scheme will be key to the U.S. approach to renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.


(In Trade)
June 12, 2017

U.S. Meat Export Federation predicts “a period of adjustment for the U.S. industry,”


(Daily News)
June 12, 2017

The Trump administration has finalized a protocol between the United States and China laying out standards for U.S. beef exports to China, another step in following through on the initial outcomes of the bilateral 100-day action plan struck in April that moves U.S. producers closer to selling beef to Beijing for the first time since 2003.


(In Trade)
June 08, 2017

“Unless Mexican producers are unable to ship, producers in countries that hold allocations under the U.S. raw sugar TRQ are completely shut out.”


(In Trade)
June 07, 2017

“Handing a gift-wrapped roadmap of protectionism to food self-sufficiency advocates all over the world.”


(In Trade)
June 05, 2017

“We had very good, very candid discussions, very frank, like family members discussing some things that are not necessarily comfortable.”


(In Trade)
June 05, 2017

In Toronto, he will meet with Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay and other officials.


(Daily News)
May 26, 2017

Gregg Doud, president of the Commodity Markets Council, is expected to be tapped as the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s chief agriculture negotiator, sources told Inside U.S. Trade.


(Daily News)
May 25, 2017

American Farm Bureau Federation president Zippy Duvall believes President Trump’s 11th-hour decision not to withdraw from NAFTA was a shrewd negotiating move designed to get Canada and Mexico quickly to the table, adding on Thursday that key advisers surrounding Trump will prevent actions that could jeopardize agricultural interests in the talks.


(Daily News)
May 24, 2017

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer this week told Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and members of the House Agriculture Committee the Trump administration will prioritize exports of U.S. agriculture products and that “do no harm has got to be our objective” for upcoming NAFTA talks with Mexico and Canada -- a renegotiation process the panel’s chairman, Mike Conaway (R-TX), described as “unsettling” to the ag community.


(Daily News)
May 24, 2017

Senate Agriculture Committee leaders and several industry groups are voicing opposition to the Trump administration's proposed elimination of the Agriculture Department's Market Access Program and the Foreign Market Development cooperator program, both of which provide funding to organizations for overseas marketing and promotional activities to boost exports.


(Daily News)
May 24, 2017

The U.S. citrus industry has filed suit against the Department of Agriculture in an attempt to rewrite a rule allowing lemon imports from northwest Argentina, arguing that the process behind USDA's decision lacked scientific explanations and was influenced by foreign policy motives.


(Daily News)
May 19, 2017

Government officials on Thursday heard a range of voices during a hearing called to inform a Commerce Department-led review of bilateral trade deficits, with the services sector and economists blasting the study as too narrow in scope while industry groups argued that deficits are threats that should be urgently addressed.


(Daily News)
May 17, 2017

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, outlining his trade agenda, told House members today there are portions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that could be fashioned into a renegotiated NAFTA agreement.


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