Dairy Holds Up TPP Talks

Cindy Zimmerman

After a week of meetings on the Trans Pacific Partnership, trade ministers from a dozen nations left Hawaii last weekend with issues still unresolved but USTR Michael Froman says they remain optimistic. “We have made significant progress and will continue work on resolving a limited number of remaining issues,” said Froman, reading a joint statement from the ministers at the …

Audio, Dairy, Export, Government, International, Trade

Changes Coming to Dairy Import Licensing Program

John Davis

Changes are coming to the Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Program. This news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says the changes are effective Sept. 1, 2015. Import licensing is one of the tools USDA uses to administer the tariff-rate quota (TRQ) system for U.S. imports of dairy products. A final rule published in today’s Federal Register (https://federalregister.gov/a/2015-18122) …

Agribusiness, Dairy, Export, International, usda

NFU: Respect Consumers Wishes, Label Meat with COOL

John Davis

A new study shows that American consumers prefer meat raised in the U.S., and the National Farmers Union says Congress should respect consumers’ rights to know and reject efforts to repeal Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL). “Opponents of COOL have argued that it has no impact on consumers’ purchasing decisions,” said Johnson. “This study clearly shows the opposite: that consumers use COOL …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, COOL, International, legislation

Alltech Buys Norwegian Companies

John Davis

Global animal health and nutrition leader Alltech has expanded its European operations. This company news release says Alltech bought Norwegian Produs AS and Produs Aqua AS, family-owned and operated agriculture and aqua industries businesses. Produs and Produs Aqua are Alltech’s ninth and tenth acquisitions respectively, a development that will mean continued innovative, customized and quality products, programs, services and on-farm …

Agribusiness, Alltech, International

International Group of Beef Producers Back TPP

John Davis

An international alliance of beef producers is pressing for substantial trade liberalization via the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. The Five Nations Beef Alliance, which includes cattle producers from Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and the United States, is urging TPP negotiating teams to hold firm and deliver an agreement that will make it easier to do business, establish …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Beef, Cattle, International, Trade

Cargill Exec Shows Way to More Food-Secure World

John Davis

There are four principles that will ensure all people have access to safe, affordable and nutritious food. That was the message from Cargill Executive Chairman Greg Page speaking before the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Global Food Security Symposium. His “ought to’s” include: – Appreciating the importance of price – Honoring the principle of comparative advantage – Embracing the power …

Agribusiness, Food, International

NFU Cites Study That Refutes Canadian COOL Arguments

Jamie Johansen

The National Farmers Union has shared a new study that refutes claims that Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) is hurting the Canadian cattle industry. According to the study, authored by Auburn University Alfa Eminent Scholar and Professor C. Robert Taylor, it was “economic downturn” and other factors, not Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), that caused recent decreased demand for cattle imports into …

Ag Group, COOL, International, Trade

Canada Cattlemen Comment on COOL

Jamie Johansen

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) attended the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) annual convention in mid-January as part of its ongoing lobbying efforts related to U.S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). The CCA is making sure that U.S. farmers, ranchers and legislators understand that Canada is serious about imposing tariffs on a wide variety of U.S. agriculture and processed …

AFBF, Ag Group, Cattle, COOL, International, Trade

Reaction to Chinese Ban on U.S. Poultry Imports

Cindy Zimmerman

China this week banned imports of U.S. poultry and eggs following the detection of avian flu in wild birds in the Pacific Northwest. “That’s overkill,” said American Farm Bureau Federation president Bob Stallman in reaction. “It’s beyond the pale and we think they should be held to task and I’m hoping our government can convince China that they have over …

AFBF, Audio, International, Poultry, Trade

Dairy Groups Share Support of US Ag Coalition for Cuba

Jamie Johansen

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) joined other food and agricultural organizations in support of additional changes in U.S. policy to facilitate U.S. dairy exports to Cuba and permit open travel for all Americans to that nation. The dairy organizations are members of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba, …

Ag Group, Audio, Dairy, International, Trade