American Farm Bureau Federation Welcomes Beef Trade with China


The recent announcement of an agreement to restart U.S. beef exports to China could be worth more than $2 billion to U.S. agriculture. Senior Director of Congressional Relations Dave Salmonsen says Part of the agreement with China includes poultry …
“One thing that China wants to be able to do is to export cooked poultry into the US.  So, as part of the agreement the US needs to put out a proposed rule to allow that to happen.

“So, it’s a good example of the way trade works, where people have to get benefits on both sides of this.”

And biotechnology:

“Also, in the agreement is the desire to work on biotechnology and the approval process in China.”

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Mexico Rejecting Prospects of New tariffs in NAFTA

Officials from Mexico visiting Washington, D.C. this week are sporting a clear message that a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement will not include any new tariffs or quotas. The group from Mexico hopes to meet with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to start the first talks of renegotiation, which they say is expected to happen quickly. A speedy renegotiation would minimize chances of Mexico from rejecting any agreement, if the negotiators can finish the process by the July 2018 presidential election in Mexico.

Progress Report on Filling USDA Key Positions
It’s been estimated that upwards of 250 positions in USDA and related agencies now need to be filled by either secretarial appointment or presidential appointment now that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is in office.  Perdue talking about the current process of filling those positions:

“We have interviewed some people, made some recommendations, the White House will look at that, and hopefully we’ll have those people on board as soon as possible.  Unfortunately, it’s not a fast process.”

Japan Wishes for U.S. to Return to TPP

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said this week he hopes the U.S. will rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that is worth billions of dollars for U.S. agriculture. Japan is continuing to push to finalize TPP, following Donald Trump removing the U.S. from the agreement. The 11 remaining members have started discussions on how to proceed. The prime minister said that “momentum” should not be lost, but he left the door open for a U.S. return to the deal. He went on to say; “Since the U.S. understands the importance of having free and fair rules in the trading world, it is our wish that the U.S. will return to TPP.”

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.