ASTA Commends New Seed Standard

Kelly Marshall

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) passed a final International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) for seed last week. This is a long awaited decision, says the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), one that has become necessary as import requirements for seed have become more restrictive and less science based. “The seed industry is truly global,” said ASTA President & …

Ag Group, ASTA, seed, trade

ASA Supports NBB Petition

Kelly Marshall

The American Soybean Association (ASA) supports the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) in the filing of an anti-dumping and countervailing duty petition. The petition alleges Argentine and Indonesian companies are selling dumped biodiesel and subsidized biodiesel in violation of U.S. trade laws. ASA President Ron Moore made this statement in support of the petition: “Biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia have flooded the U.S. …

Ag Group, ASA, trade

Farm Groups Stress Trade to Trump

Kelly Marshall

The American Soybean Association and 15 other farmer organizations joined together last week to make sure President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence understand the importance of agricultural trade to rural America.  The groups sent a letter asking the administration to protect and enhance trade, specifically in regard to China, Canada and Mexico. “We know that securing positive benefits …

Ag Group, Government, trade

No Progress on US-China Biotech Issues

Cindy Zimmerman

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack were among those who participated in a Thanksgiving week session of the US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) in Washington last week, the last one for the Obama Administration. The talks resulted in some progress in the areas of intellectual property protection, pharmaceutical and medical devices, and information …

International, trade, USDA

Reaction to Election and Policy Priorities for NCGA

Lizzy Schultz

Much of the conversation during NAFB’s Trade Talksurrounded the industry’s response to the election of Donald Trump, and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Wesley Spurlock was on hand to discuss what this new administration will means for NCGA and how the organization intends to move forward into the future. “It is great to have the election behind us, …

Ag Group, Audio, Corn, EPA, NAFB, NCGA, Policy, trade

U.S. to Take Action on Chinese Trade Distorting

Kelly Marshall

The Obama Administration announced last week they plan to launch a trade enforcement action against China at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to challenge trade-distorting domestic supports.  The Administration plans to challenge three key crops: corn, wheat and rice.  In 2015 China’s “market price support” for these three crops was estimated to be almost $100 billion in excess of what …

Ag Group, Government, trade

IA Governor Branstad on #Ag at #FarmProgressShow

Joanna Schroeder

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad touted Iowa as an agricultural leader during this year’s Farm Progress Show. He visited exhibitors and stopped by the BASF Media Tent to speak with reporters about key ag issues. I spoke with him about three issues: trade, water quality, and ethanol. Speaking on the topic of TPP Gov. Branstad said we have problems with both parties. …

Agribusiness, Audio, Ethanol, Farm Progress Show, trade, water

USSEC Serves as Global Marketing Firm for #USSoy

Jamie Johansen

Corn, soybean, rice and cotton farmer, Derek Haigwood, is the newly elected vice chairman for the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and calls Arkansas home. I met up with Derek during the 2016 U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange to learn more about the organization and how he plans to serve. Derek said he is honored to work hand-in-hand with USSEC …

Ag Group, Audio, Markets, Soybeans, trade, USSEC

New Poll Shows Support for TPP

Kelly Marshall

The American Farm Bureau Federation has released the results of a poll from Morning Consult regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. Most participants favor fair trade, which is something AFBF would like to remind candidates running in the 2016 Election. “Most Americans support free trade,” American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said, “and most farmers do, too. Exports account for …

AFBF, Ag Group, trade

ASA Pushing for European Approval of Soy Traits

Kelly Marshall

The American Soybean Association (ASA) has been waiting for five months to hear from an Appeals Committee concerning the European Union’s approval of three soybean traits.  Now they’re ramping up their call for action with a letter to European Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis. Currently the three traits awaiting approval are: Monsanto’s dicamba-tolerant RR2Xtend, Vistive Gold high oleic traits and Bayer CropScience’s …

Ag Group, ASA, Soybeans, trade