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

Dairy Industry Urges Negotiators to Prioritize TPP

Jamie Johansen

The U.S. dairy industry advised top U.S. government agricultural trade negotiators that their efforts on any final Pacific Rim free trade agreement must put access to foreign markets for U.S. dairy farmers and processors first, and avoid pressure from other countries to regionalize all new market access opportunities in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the …

Ag Group, Dairy, Government, Trade

Secretary Vilsack Addresses Animal Ag Topics

Cindy Zimmerman

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack addressed a number of topics at the 2014 National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention, including the proposed second beef checkoff. The Secretary was asked why he is proposing the additional checkoff to be implemented by the end of next year. “This is about getting more money into the system,” Vilsack said. “If you can get …

Audio, Beef Checkoff, farm programs, NAFB, Trade, usda

COOL Reform Coalition Asks Congress to Repeal Rule

John Davis

The Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) Reform Coalition is asking Congress to repeal the existing U.S. Mandatory COOL rule for muscle cuts of meat. In a letter sent by the group’s 109 stakeholders, the signers say they are gravely concerned about the negative impact the rule will have on the U.S. economy. On October 20, 2014, a World Trade Organization …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Government, International, Trade

Dairy Group wants Japan's Import System Replaced

John Davis

A group representing American dairy manufacturing and marketing industries and their suppliers says that Japan’s import system is a “potential Achilles heel” in trade negotiations. The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack calling for the replacement of Japan’s current import administration program in the Trans-Pacific Partnership …

Ag Group, Dairy, Dairy Group, idfa, International, Trade

WTO Decision Rules Against COOL

Cindy Zimmerman

The United States’ Country of Origin labeling (COOL) is still not cool with the World Trade Organization (WTO). In the compliance panel report released today, the WTO found that “the amended COOL measure violates Article 2.1 of the TBT Agreement because it accords to Canadian and Mexican livestock less favourable treatment than that accorded to like US livestock.” In particular, …

Ag Group, Beef, Government, NCBA, NPPC, Pork, Trade

NPPC Comments on Breakdown of TPP Talks

Cindy Zimmerman

A breakdown in negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) last week is a good news/bad news situation for the National Pork Producers Council. “The Japanese left the meeting, so the TPP continues at an impasse,” said NPPC Vice President and Counsel for International Affairs Nick Giordano. “From NPPC’s vantage point, we’d rather there be no deal than a bad deal …

Audio, NPPC, Pork, Trade

WTO Decision on COOL Confidential For Now

Cindy Zimmerman

The World Trade Organization has reportedly made a decision on the case against the United States mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law by Canada and Mexico, but it may be some time yet before we hear what it is. “Sometimes there are additional questions, additional information that needs to be provided,” says National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Associate Director …

Audio, Beef, International, NCBA, Trade

Chicken Council Testimony on Trade

Cindy Zimmerman

The Senate Committee on Finance held a hearing Wednesday on “Trade Enforcement: Using Trade Rules to Level the Playing Field for U.S. Companies and Workers” addressing concerns that as new trade agreements are being considered those that are already in place are not being adequately enforced. “Without strong enforcement, no trade deal – old or new – is able to …

Audio, Government, Poultry, Trade