EU Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol

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EU Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol

on February 13th, 2019 in News by | No Comments

In late January, the European Union (EU) acknowledged that the U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP), meets the requirements under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). Building on the widely accepted SSAP, the new program, called SSAP-RED, addresses the specific requirements of the RED regulations, including restrictions on land conversion with…

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USDA Agricultural Projections

on February 13th, 2019 in News by | No Comments

On February 14 at 12 p.m. EST, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will release the complete set of tables prepared for the upcoming USDA Agricultural Projections to 2028 report. The tables will include projections for farm income, U.S. fruits, nuts and vegetables supply and use and global commodity trade….

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ATP Awards

on February 4th, 2019 in News by | No Comments

On January 31, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced $200 million worth funding to 57 organizations as part of the USDA’s Agricultural Trade Promotion (ATP) program. The program is intended to help U.S. farmers and ranchers identify and access new export markets. The program was authorized by President Donald…

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Venezuela Sanctions

on February 4th, 2019 in News by | No Comments

On January 28, 2019 the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control announced sanctions against Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, pursuant to Executive Order (EO) 13850. The purpose of the EO 13850 is to target rampant corruption within the Venezuelan government, which according to the US…

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U.S.-China trade talks

on February 4th, 2019 in News by | No Comments

Chinese officials are in Washington this week as trade talks continue between the two countries. On Tuesday, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He arrived in Washington to meet with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Mr. He is also expected to meet with President Trump on Thursday. Trade discussions will include the…

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EU Negotiating Objectives

on January 25th, 2019 in News by | No Comments

On January 18, the European Commission released its draft negotiating objectives for upcoming trade negotiations with the United States. In a statement, EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström said: “Today’s publication of our draft negotiating directives is part of the implementation of the July joint statement of Presidents Juncker and…

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Condolences

on January 25th, 2019 in News by | No Comments

We extend our sincere  U.S. Ambassador Gregg Doud, Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative, and his family on the death of his mother, JoAnn Doud.a tragic fall at the Doud family farm in of the

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U.S. Government Shutdown and Export Sales Reporting

on January 10th, 2019 in News by | No Comments

Today marks the 20th day of the partial U.S. government shutdown, one day shy of the longest shutdown in Congressional history. Many U.S. government personnel have been furloughed until government appropriations are restored. This includes much of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including FAS and ERS offices.   Some agencies,…

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USJTA Negotiating Objectives

on January 2nd, 2019 in News by | No Comments

On Friday, December 22 the U.S. Trade Representative released its negotiating objectives for the upcoming U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement talks. The negotiating objectives are mandated by Congress under the Trade Promotion Authority legislation and kick off a 30 day countdown before formal negotiations can begin. The objectives call for “secure comprehensive…

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AMS Fee Reduction

on January 2nd, 2019 in News by | No Comments

Effective January 1, 2019, the Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) reduced inspection and weighing service fees by five percent since FGIS’ operating reserve exceeds 4 ½ months of operating expenses.  FGIS also reviewed tonnage fees and the tonnage fees were adjusted to reflect fiscal year 2018 costs and a five-year…

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