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European Union Wants to Restart Trade Talks with the U.S.`

The European Union is looking to revive trade negotiations with the U.S. to help bring the trade disputes between the two sides to an end. The EU is proposing a joint agenda that covers everything from aircraft subsidies and lobster tariffs to shared... Read More

USDA Approves $1.2 Billion in Food Purchases to Help America’s Needy

The Department of Agriculture last week approved $1.2 billion in contracts for the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. The program is designed to connect excess meat, dairy and produce on farms with families facing food insecurity. The funding f... Read More

McCarthy Setting up a “Chinese Task Force”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced he’s forming a Republican “China Task Force,” citing Chinese ownership of Smithfield Foods as part of the reason behind the move. The Hagstrom Report says McCarthy found it interesting that “C... Read More

Is the Phase One Deal Phasing out?  This weeks Trading Bits & Bytes

Aaron Bertels with Crossroads Marketing talks about the trade issues that many are talking about, Movement of grain how that has been effected by COVID.  A look at the upcoming WASDE report out next week. Read More

Perdue Releases Letters on Meatpacking Investigation

Agriculture Sonny Perdue this week sent two letters to Governors across the nation and leadership of major meat processing companies regarding the reopening of meat processing facilities. The letters establish the Department of Agriculture's expec... Read More

USDA announces commodity purchasing plans

The Department of Agriculture this week announced details of the $470 million in Section 32 food purchases to occur in the third quarter of fiscal year 2020 in addition to purchases previously announced. The purchases will provide additional suppo... Read More

Secretary Perdue Statement on Economic Injury Disaster Loans Being Available to U.S. Agricultural Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 4, 2020 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today applauded the announcement that agricultural producers, for the first time, are now eligible for the Small Business Administration (SBA)’s Economic Injur... Read More

Peterson Will Draft Emergency Plan for Agriculture

The Minnesota Democrat who chairs the House Ag Committee says he will “personally see to it” that the ag industry doesn’t suffer from a national emergency like COVID-19 again. “I can tell you as chairman of the ag committee that this is not g... Read More


WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) led a group of bipartisan senators in urging the USDA to target COVID-19 relief provisions to reach local farmers in the new Coronavirus Food Assista... Read More

Senators Seek Open Antitrust Investigation into Meatpackers Amid Plant Closures

Two U.S. Senators seek an antitrust investigation into the meatpacking industry. Senators Tammy Baldwin, a Wisconsin Democrat, and Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, asked the Federal Trade Commission to open the antitrust investigation Wednesday. ... Read More

NCBA Applauds Effort to Provide Flexibility to Livestock Haulers

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association this week applauded Senators seeking flexibility for livestock haulers. A bipartisan letter from 24 Senators outlined the need to the leadership of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportati... Read More

Growth Energy Praises House Bill to Boost Biofuel Infrastructure

Growth Energy Tuesday announced the association's support of the Clean Fuels Deployment Act. The legislation authorizes $500 million over five years for the Department of Transportation to provide grants that incentivize the deployment of fueling inf... Read More

Trump order keeping meat packing plants open worries unions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unions in the U.S. meat packing industry say President Donald Trump is jeopardizing lives and prioritizing cold cuts over workers' health. Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order under the Defense Production Act to classify ... Read More

USTR: USMCA Effective July 1

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement enters effect July 1, according to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. The July 1 date represents a one-month delay from the original timeline, following the signing of the agreement by the U.S., Canada and M... Read More