USMEF Discusses the State of the Industry

Lizzy Schultz

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) conducted a press conference prior to the USMEF Spring Conference in Arlington, Virginia. The call featured opening remarks from Philip Seng, USMEF president and CEO, Joel Haggard, USMEF senior vice president, Asia Pacific, and Oscar Ferrara, USMEF regional director, Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic. In the conference, the speakers discussed their support …

Ag Group, Audio, Export, Export, Trade, USMEF

Dairy Welcomes NAFTA Action by USTR

Jamie Johansen

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) commended Robert Lighthizer, the newly confirmed U.S. Trade Representative, for taking swift action under the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act (TPA) to begin the process for modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In a notification letter sent …

Ag Group, Dairy, idfa, National Milk, Trade, USDEC

North American Cattle Groups Say Don’t Jeopardize NAFTA

Jamie Johansen

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) joined its cattle-industry partners in Canada and Mexico in sending a joint letter to President Trump, President Justin Trudeau of Canada, and President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico, urging the three leaders to not “jeopardize the success we have all enjoyed as partners of the North American Free Trade Agreement.” The letter was signed …

Ag Group, Beef, International, Markets, NCBA, Trade

NPPC Says New NAFTA Must Not Disrupt Pork Exports

Jamie Johansen

Following the notification by the Trump administration to Congress that it intends to modernize the trade agreement among the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) urged the president to make sure that tariffs remain at zero for pork traded in North America. The White House notified the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees that …

Ag Group, Export, NPPC, Pork, Trade

NCBA Hosts Media Call on Regained Access to China

Lizzy Schultz

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) held a media conference call and Q&A session to discuss the historic reopening of the Chinese market to American-produced beef this morning. Speaking on the call were Craig Uden, NCBA President, and Kent Bacus, NCBA Director of International Trade and Market Access. “We’re very excited about this development, it’s another step closer to restoring …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, NCBA, Trade

Animal Ag Responds to Creation of Undersecretary for Trade

Jamie Johansen

The importance of international trade to American agriculture has been recognized by our new U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue with the the creation of an undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs in the USDA. “Food is a noble thing to trade. This nation has a great story to tell and we’ve got producers here that produce more than …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, Government, NCBA, NPPC, Pork, Poultry, Trade, usda

U.S. Beef Regaining Access to China

Jamie Johansen

The Trump administration has announced that following one more round of technical consultations between the United States and China, China is to allow imports of U.S. beef on conditions consistent with international food safety and animal health standards and consistent with the 1999 Agricultural Cooperation Agreement, beginning as soon as possible but no later than July 16, 2017. The U.S. …

Ag Group, Beef, Cattle, Government, NCBA, Trade, USMEF

Trump Trade Team to Include New USDA Post

cindy zimmerman

President Trump now has a complete cabinet with Senate approval of Ambassador Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative, and USDA will soon have an undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs to help with the administration’s international trade goals. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced a reorganization of USDA yesterday that includes the creation of the new undersecretary, which was approved …

AgWired Animal, Audio, Trade, usda

Animal Proteins – Focus for Branstad as China Ambassador

Jamie Johansen

The longest serving governor in the country will be drawing on his agricultural trade experience and 30 year friendship with Chinese President Xi Jinping to serve as U.S. Ambassador to China. During his confirmation hearing Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad was asked by Sen. Christopher Coons (D-DE) what he will do to get more …

Ag Group, Beef, Chicken, Export, Government, Livestock, Pork, Trade

Dairy D.C. Fly-In Builds Support for Trade with Canada, Mexico

Jamie Johansen

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) organized U.S. dairy leaders from across the country in Washington, D.C., this week to urge Congress and Trump Administration officials to hold Canada accountable for its trade violations and hasten the repeal of Canada’s controversial new dairy pricing system. More than 40 farmers and dairy company executives …

Ag Group, Dairy, Government, National Milk, Trade, USDEC