STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Keeping tabs on trade barriers
Foreign trade barriers are a huge problem for U.S. agricultural producers. Too many countries try, in one form or another, to keep out U.S. ag products.
Keeping track of all the roadblocks is no easy... Posted on 4/18/12 at 3:38 PM
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s proposal to reorganize six agencies that promote business and trade and possibly reorganize food safety agencies has not been well received in agriculture or consumer advocacy circles.
WASHINGTON — President Obama signed off Friday on the first three, and possibly the last, — free trade agreements of his administration, deals with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama that could be worth billions to American exporters and create tens of thousands of jobs.
LAREDO, Texas — Nearly two decades after the North American Free Trade Agreement, a Mexican truck hauling electronics was to become the first to deliver goods deep inside the U.S. as part of a long-delayed provision of NAFTA.
WASHINGTON — When President Obama welcomed South Korean President Lee Myung-bak for a state visit Oct. 13 and celebrated the congressional approval of the South Korea, Colombia and Panama free trade agreements, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Bill Donald was among the invited guests at the arrival ceremony. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman were among the guests at that night’s state dinner.
BEIJING — China has made one of its biggest-ever purchases of corn on overseas markets, buying 900,000 metric tons of American corn and showing that growing Chinese demand will play an ever larger role in global grain prices.
DES MOINES, Iowa — U.S. farmers on Thursday celebrated the approval of free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, saying the pacts will increase demand for their products, though American consumers shouldn't see a drastic increase in overall food prices.
WASHINGTON — Congress approved free trade agreements Wednesday with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, ending a four-year drought in the forming of new trade partnerships and giving the White House and Capitol Hill the opportunity to show they can work together to stimulate the economy and put people back to work.
WASHINGTON — Acting in rare harmony, Congress is preparing to approve three free trade agreements that advocates say will boost exports, give the economy a needed shot in the arm and help put Americans back to work.
GENEVA — The popular “dolphin-safe” labels used to market tuna sold in the United States are illegal because they restrict too much trade, a World Trade Organization panel ruled Thursday in handing a partial victory to Mexico.
WASHINGTON — Picture this. Pacific Rim, a multinational corporation, wants to mine for gold in El Salvador using dangerous chemicals that would threaten the water supply of poor communities. Communities fight back — despite intimidation and even murder of local activists — and win new mining safeguards from their government.
WASHINGTON — House and Senate lawmakers on Thursday wrangled over how to help American workers dislocated by trade as they took up three free trade agreements that could also create tens of thousands of new jobs in the U.S.
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