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House Agriculture Approves Farm Bill

on April 23rd, 2018 in News by | No Comments

On Wednesday, April 18 the House Agriculture Committee approved legislation that would reauthorize the current Farm Bill for another five years. The legislation approved by the Committee would keep farm supports little changed from the 2014 legislation. The 26-20 party line vote highlighted Democrat disapproval to Republican provisions that would…

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Trump Administration Looks to Join TPP

on April 13th, 2018 in News by | No Comments

In comments made yesterday to Senators and Governors from major agriculture states, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered his National Economic Council Chair Larry Kudlow and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to pursue U.S. membership in the recently completed Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP. This move follows the U.S….

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NAFTA Ministerial in Washington

on April 6th, 2018 in News by | No Comments

This week U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer welcomed Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland and Mexican Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo to Washington for a ministers meeting to discuss ongoing NAFTA negotiations. Previously, NAFTA parties had been attempting to schedule an eighth round of negotiations. However, this week’s meeting…

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China Announces Section 301 Retaliation on U.S.

on April 6th, 2018 in News by | No Comments

On Tuesday, April 3 the Chinese Ministry of Commerce announced its intention to implement a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion in U.S. origin goods in response to the ongoing U.S. 301 investigation. This move follows the Trump Administration’s recommendation that a 25 percent tariff be applied to $50 billion…

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USDA Statement on Plant Breeding Innovation

on March 30th, 2018 in News by | No Comments

On Thursday, March 28, 2018 the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a statement on USDA’s stance on new breeding techniques including genome editing. According to the statement USDA “does not regulate or have any plans to regulate plants that could otherwise have been developed through traditional breeding techniques as…

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U.S. Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

on March 30th, 2018 in News by | No Comments

On Thursday March 22 the Trump Administration announced tariffs on steel imports of 25 percent and aluminum imports of 10 percent as part of efforts to shield domestic producers on national security grounds. The tariffs went into effect at 12:01am on Friday, March 23. The tariffs are suspended until May…

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Section 301 Announcement

on March 30th, 2018 in News by | No Comments

On Thursday, March 22 the Trump Administration announced the results from a Section 301 investigation into Chinese intellectual property rights. Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 gives the executive branch the authority to respond to unfair, unreasonable, or discriminatory trade practices and gives the Office of the U.S….

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Settlement on a Corn Litigation v. Syngenta

on March 13th, 2018 in News by | No Comments

Syngenta has reached a $1.51 billion settlement in a nationwide class-action lawsuit over the commercialization of genetically modified corn. The settlement covers all U.S. corn producers – farmers and crop share landlords – as well as grain handling facilities and ethanol plants nationwide who sold corn priced after September 15,…

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USDA Systems Approach on Weed Seeds

on March 13th, 2018 in News by | No Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently pursuing a systems approach to help educate farmers, grain handlers and exporters on weed seed management techniques. The systems approach was developed in response to U.S. efforts to reduce the presence of weed seeds in soybean shipments to China. Over the past…

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Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

on March 13th, 2018 in News by | No Comments

On Friday, March 9 President Donald signed an order instituting a 25 percent tariffs on imports of steel and a 10 percent tariff on imports of aluminum. The order came after a Section 232 report, issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce, recommended import tariffs to protect domestic producers on…

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