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Trading Barbs; Got Milk?

Trading Barbs WTO: There is a special Agriculture Committee meeting at the WTO next week, and the disparate views of its members are being previewed ahead of it. The varied demands include the following: improvements in market access, disciplines on farm subsidies by rich countries, disciplines...

War Nears End; Neat Meat Thoughts

War Nears End Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said today that if President Trump continues with his “misguided and reckless reliance on tariffs” that he will advance legislation to curtail his trade authority. The chairman appears clueless that Trump’s i...

Trade War Language and Economic Impacts; Global Realignment; GIs; Africa

Trade War Language Us versus them, me (America First) and we. Donald Trump called the EU a foe this past weekend. He says he meant it in terms of competitors like the battle for market share between Airbus and Boeing. But the EU is not America’s “foe,” and the WTO is not an as...

Cultured Meat

Food definitions are an emerging policy topic. The dairy industry doesn’t like the term soymilk, and the rice industry is concerned about the marketing of cauliflower rice. Those issues are minor, though, compared with the question of whether lab-cultured proteins can be called meat or be...

Doing Good to be Bad; Domestic Political Implications of Trade War

Doing Good to Be Bad Four large food companies (Danone, Mars, Nestle and Unilever) have formed the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance, which will focus on producing products with better environmental and health impacts. They have received a great deal of positive publicity for the initiative, but...

Energy Exports Overview

Not frequently discussed in the turmoil about trade sanctions is the energy sector. The three countries with which the U.S. is currently engaged in trade disputes, China, Canada and Mexico, are major markets for energy exports. Ethanol has of course become reliant on exports over the past few y...

Trade like NATO; Europe’s Miscalculations; Hidden Trump Benefits

Trade like NATO U.S. Agricultural Trade Ambassador Gregg Doud says there is a difference between countries willing to make commitments and those actually meeting them. The same is true in NATO defense contributions. European contributions to NATO is a decades-old issue, beginning with force com...

Not “Impossible;” No Solution at Hand; Phase II; Rebuke, Relief, Retreat; Future of Tech

Not “Impossible” Following the Trump-driven upheaval at last month’s G-7 meeting, no one was surprised when he did the same at this week’s NATO gathering. As usual, President Trump overstated his case. Critics jumped to debunk his statement while headed to Brussels that,...

Cash Distortions; War on Vocabulary; Economic Growth Factors

Cash Distortions The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled today that olive imports from Europe are injuring domestic producers. Antidumping/countervailing duties (AD/CVD) of nearly 35 percent will become applicable on 24 July. The EU worries that the case sets the precedent that the Common...

The Economy and SNAP

The thorniest political problem yet in completing a farm bill conference between the House and Senate this summer is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The House bill required that able-bodied adults without dependents work at least part-time to keep their eligibility for SNA...

Trade War Hyperbole; Merkel’s Marshall Mush

Trade War Hyperbole Equity markets around the world traded higher today even as pundits and newspaper headlines wailed about the trade war. Beijing will get roughed up rhetorically this week in Geneva as it goes through its biennial Trade Policy Review. What should concern Chinese leaders in th...

Crop Program Issues in Farm Bill Conference

The House and Senate will appoint conferees to the farm bill conference committee this week and begin work on a compromise final version. Based on Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates, the Senate bill would increase net direct spending over the 2019-2023 period by $1.4 billion, while the...

Trading Barbs; Got Milk?

Trading Barbs WTO: There is a special Agriculture Committee meeting at the WTO next week, and the disparate views of its members are being previewed ahead of it. The varied demands include the following: improvements in market access, disciplines on farm subsidies by rich countries, disciplines...

War Nears End; Neat Meat Thoughts

War Nears End Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said today that if President Trump continues with his “misguided and reckless reliance on tariffs” that he will advance legislation to curtail his trade authority. The chairman appears clueless that Trump’s i...

Trade War Language and Economic Impacts; Global Realignment; GIs; Africa

Trade War Language Us versus them, me (America First) and we. Donald Trump called the EU a foe this past weekend. He says he meant it in terms of competitors like the battle for market share between Airbus and Boeing. But the EU is not America’s “foe,” and the WTO is not an as...

Cultured Meat

Food definitions are an emerging policy topic. The dairy industry doesn’t like the term soymilk, and the rice industry is concerned about the marketing of cauliflower rice. Those issues are minor, though, compared with the question of whether lab-cultured proteins can be called meat or be...

Doing Good to be Bad; Domestic Political Implications of Trade War

Doing Good to Be Bad Four large food companies (Danone, Mars, Nestle and Unilever) have formed the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance, which will focus on producing products with better environmental and health impacts. They have received a great deal of positive publicity for the initiative, but...

Energy Exports Overview

Not frequently discussed in the turmoil about trade sanctions is the energy sector. The three countries with which the U.S. is currently engaged in trade disputes, China, Canada and Mexico, are major markets for energy exports. Ethanol has of course become reliant on exports over the past few y...

Trade like NATO; Europe’s Miscalculations; Hidden Trump Benefits

Trade like NATO U.S. Agricultural Trade Ambassador Gregg Doud says there is a difference between countries willing to make commitments and those actually meeting them. The same is true in NATO defense contributions. European contributions to NATO is a decades-old issue, beginning with force com...

Not “Impossible;” No Solution at Hand; Phase II; Rebuke, Relief, Retreat; Future of Tech

Not “Impossible” Following the Trump-driven upheaval at last month’s G-7 meeting, no one was surprised when he did the same at this week’s NATO gathering. As usual, President Trump overstated his case. Critics jumped to debunk his statement while headed to Brussels that,...

Cash Distortions; War on Vocabulary; Economic Growth Factors

Cash Distortions The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled today that olive imports from Europe are injuring domestic producers. Antidumping/countervailing duties (AD/CVD) of nearly 35 percent will become applicable on 24 July. The EU worries that the case sets the precedent that the Common...

The Economy and SNAP

The thorniest political problem yet in completing a farm bill conference between the House and Senate this summer is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The House bill required that able-bodied adults without dependents work at least part-time to keep their eligibility for SNA...

Trade War Hyperbole; Merkel’s Marshall Mush

Trade War Hyperbole Equity markets around the world traded higher today even as pundits and newspaper headlines wailed about the trade war. Beijing will get roughed up rhetorically this week in Geneva as it goes through its biennial Trade Policy Review. What should concern Chinese leaders in th...

Crop Program Issues in Farm Bill Conference

The House and Senate will appoint conferees to the farm bill conference committee this week and begin work on a compromise final version. Based on Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates, the Senate bill would increase net direct spending over the 2019-2023 period by $1.4 billion, while the...

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