Mexico Releases NAFTA Goals

Mexico says it plans to prioritize free access for goods and services in the upcoming North American Free Trade Agreement Negotiations. Mexico this week announced the nation’s goals for the renegotiation effort, set to begin August 16th. Mexico is also seeking greater labor market integration and a strengthening of energy security

 

Decision Time at EPA

It’s up to the Environmental Protection Agency to decide if the agency tacks added renewable fuel gallons onto it’s pending 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard rule, now that a federal court ruled against EPA’s method for figuring ‘14 through ’16 volumes.

Kathy Bergren with the National Corn Growers Association says after a federal court decided EPA exceeded its authority in reducing 2014-to-’16 RFS volume targets in statute, the agency must now figure out what to do with unused gallons…tape

Bankers List Goals for New Farm Bill, Ways to Prevent Farm Crisis

The Independent Community Bankers of America is urging Congress to adopt a new long-term farm bill incorporating five broad goals and offered enhancements to USDA programs to prevent a farm credit crisis. Testifying before the Senate Agriculture Committee Tuesday, an ICBA representative advocated for Congress to adopt a dynamic multi-year farm bill to provide continuity and enable agricultural producers and their lenders to engage in multi-year business decision making. The organization wants Congress to provide producers ample funds for commodities, crop insurance and credit programs to help them weather a potential farm income or farm credit crisis.

Trump Endorsed Immigration Bill Could Harm Farm Labor

A bill endorsed by President Donald Trump that would change the U.S. immigration system may harm farm labor. The bill does not target the H2A program, which brings in temporary workers, but the bill would have implications for illegal immigrants who may try to qualify for permanent residency and for the prospect of bringing in workers in the livestock and dairy industries, which need year-round workers. The bill seems likely to meet opposition from Democrats and some Republicans in the Senate, but could start the immigration debate and lead to some method of reform.


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