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Agriculture’s Unique Pedestal; Globalization’s Future

Agriculture’s Unique Pedestal It comes with downsides, but U.S. agriculture continues to be highlighted in a manner that would have been unheard of a few years ago. Analysts would listen keenly for the rare times when a president would make a mere mention of farmers in the annual State of the Union speech. Now the sector is front and center in U.S. trade policy, albeit in an often-uncomfortable way. USTR is likely to notify the U.S. Congress of its intent to negotiate a bilateral trade agreement with the EU that includes agriculture, even as the EU Commission will request a mandate from its member states to solely negotiate industrial products with Washington. Those holding the office of top diplomat for the U.S., secretary of state...

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Communicating importance of value-added products

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