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U.S. Offers Proposal That Could Kill NAFTA in 5 years

U.S. negotiators officially offered the “sunset clause” proposal on Wednesday during the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. The sunset clause would bring NAFTA to an end after five years unless the three countries involved agree... Read More

Britain Could Join NAFTA If Brexit Deal Fails

If the North American Free Trade Agreement survives the renegotiation effort, The United Kingdom may be interested in joining the pact. Reuters-London reports Britain could join a formal trade alliance with the United States, Canada and Mexico if the... Read More

Report Recommends Changes for NASS Data Collection

A new report suggests the Department of Agriculture should develop a new system for gathering information for crop reports and other surveys. USDA contracted with the National Academy of Sciences three years ago to audit how USDA’s National Agricul... Read More

Perdue Statement on President Trump’s Tax Reform Agenda

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today expressed strong support for the tax reform agenda championed by President Donald J. Trump, hailing it as a great benefit to American agricultural producers. President Trump highli... Read More

Wheat Growers Voice Support for Crop Insurance

Opponents of agriculture recently gathered in Washington, D.C., to strategize for ways to dismantle farm policies in the upcoming Farm Bill. Crop insurance was among their targets – specifically making insurance protection less affordable and av... Read More

Gov. Ricketts Comments on Clean Power Plan Rollback

LINCOLN – Tuesday, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement following news that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt had signed a repeal of President Obama’s job-killing Clean Power Plan. “Thank you to President... Read More

Mexico, Canada, Could Seek Dairy Access to U.S.

Mexico and Canada may have little to ask for when it comes to ag trade barriers with the United States, but they could seek further dairy access. Former chief agriculture trade negotiator, Darci Vetter, told Politico since both Mexico and Canada h... Read More

USDA Wants to Hear from Stakeholders about Statistical Programs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announces the annual USDA Data Users’ Meeting. The meeting is free of charge and open to anyone interested in learning about recent and pendin... Read More

China Imports More U.S. Trash than Ag Products

China imports more U.S. trash than agricultural commodities, but that could soon change. China earlier this year filed a notice with the World Trade Organization about its plans to limit the entry of “foreign waste.” The Wall Street Journal re... Read More

Business Leaders to Talk Trade with Mexico

Negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement continue Wednesday, with some speculating agriculture issues to finally emerge in the talks. However, while negotiators will be in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will lead a d... Read More

Wind energy's expansion in Nebraska creates sharp new divide

(AP) LINCOLN, Neb.-Many of Nebraska's neighbors are national leaders in wind energy, and advocates say the state could easily join them. But as wind energy has grown in Nebraska, so has a fervent resistance from mostly rural landowners and lawmake... Read More

USTR Says Latin American FTAs Need to be Modernized

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said that U.S. free trade agreements in the Latin American region require modernization and will be addressed following the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation. He made the comments th... Read More

Senators Calling for Stronger RFS in 2018

Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar and Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley are leading a bipartisan group of 38 Senators in calling for a stronger Renewable Fuels Standard for 2018. They’re calling for the stronger standard at the same time the Environ... Read More

Wheat Growers Call for New Trade Agreements

ARLINGTON, Virginia — U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) strongly urge the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to pivot from re-negotiating existing free trade agreements (FTAs) to negotiatin... Read More