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Problem Solved; Cost of Food Sovereignty

Problem Solved The UN hosts a Food Systems Summit later this year intended to promote progress on the organization’s sustainable development goals and other food system “problems.” The Summit’s website bravely asserts that, “The good news is that we know what we ne...

Biden Appropriations Request for Agriculture

The Biden Administration Office of Management and Budget sent a partial budget plan to Capitol Hill this morning. The proposal is an outline of funding requests in annually appropriated programs referred to as discretionary spending. Ongoing programs authorized by permanent legislation, such as...

Defining Worker-Led Trade Policy; Trade Bullying

Defining Worker-Led Trade Policy A session at the Washington International Trade Association today tried to unravel the meaning of the Biden Administration’s so-called worker-led trade policy. Most of the discussion centered on high level economic theory and the mischaracterization of tra...

Sustainability Cliff; Same Old Policy; Online Food Sales

Sustainability Cliff Charlie Mitchell of the New Republic complains that U.S. agriculture’s viewpoint of how to meet sustainability goals is to not change a thing. That is perhaps because the first hurdle of sustainability is profitability. The industry paid close attention to the USDA/ER...

Bipartisan USTR; Fisheries as Proxy; Indiscriminate Aid

Bipartisan USTR President Biden is said to be likely to name long-time aide Sarah Bianchi as Deputy USTR. Bianchi’s closest work in trade involved serving as Deputy Assistant to President Obama for Economic Policy. While other Biden appointees have faced confirmation challenges due to har...

livestock

Russia and Argentina: Fighter Jets, COVID Vaccines, and Beef

During the administrations of Presidents Marci and Trump, relations between the U.S. and Argentina started to improve. For example, the Trump Department of Commerce accepted Argentina’s petition for a “changed circumstances” review of the countervailing duties placed on import...

Picking a Venue; Defund the CAP; NBT Protectionism

Picking a Venue There are real risks to the American economy from Mexico’s ban on GM corn for food and glyphosate. While most corn sold to Mexico is for animal feed and theoretically exempt, a small percentage of field corn goes into making cereal, corn starch, corn oil, and corn syrup th...

biofuel

Infrastructure Plan: Ag Provisions and Politics

Last week, President Biden unveiled a major $2 trillion infrastructure package, the American Jobs Plan. From agriculture’s perspective, the plan is a mixed bag, but mostly positive proposals in terms of infrastructure upgrades. Inland waterways, ports, and in-land ports of entry would r...

Miscellany Day; ESG Landmines; Drifting Lower

Miscellany Day The Biden Administration’s latest National Trade Estimates Report on barriers abroad kept opposition to Mexico’s glyphosate phaseout and failure to approve new GMO events, and added opposition to a new decree that would end imports of GM corn for human consumption...

Singing Constituency’s Chorus; Forest for the Trees

Singing Constituency’s Chorus USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack knows his constituency. He has reportedly called on the Congress to reauthorize Trade Promotion Authority for President Biden so that more trade agreements can be negotiated, and he suggested that it is possible the U.S. could seek...

Face of Lobbying Changes; African Opportunity

Face of Lobbying Changes  WTO members led by India and South Africa are pushing for a waiver from Intellectual Property (IP) protections for any goods related to COVID-19. Specifically, they want to freely replicate the vaccines that have been developed by private companies like Pfizer, Mo...

biofuel

RFS Waivers and RINs Prices

On 22 February, we noted that the Supreme Court had agreed to hear a challenge to the 10th District Court’s ruling on small refinery exemptions (SREs). In January, the Department of Justice, acting as counsel for the EPA, had requested that the Supreme Court not hear the case and instead...

Problem Solved; Cost of Food Sovereignty

Problem Solved The UN hosts a Food Systems Summit later this year intended to promote progress on the organization’s sustainable development goals and other food system “problems.” The Summit’s website bravely asserts that, “The good news is that we know what we ne...

Biden Appropriations Request for Agriculture

The Biden Administration Office of Management and Budget sent a partial budget plan to Capitol Hill this morning. The proposal is an outline of funding requests in annually appropriated programs referred to as discretionary spending. Ongoing programs authorized by permanent legislation, such as...

Defining Worker-Led Trade Policy; Trade Bullying

Defining Worker-Led Trade Policy A session at the Washington International Trade Association today tried to unravel the meaning of the Biden Administration’s so-called worker-led trade policy. Most of the discussion centered on high level economic theory and the mischaracterization of tra...

Sustainability Cliff; Same Old Policy; Online Food Sales

Sustainability Cliff Charlie Mitchell of the New Republic complains that U.S. agriculture’s viewpoint of how to meet sustainability goals is to not change a thing. That is perhaps because the first hurdle of sustainability is profitability. The industry paid close attention to the USDA/ER...

Bipartisan USTR; Fisheries as Proxy; Indiscriminate Aid

Bipartisan USTR President Biden is said to be likely to name long-time aide Sarah Bianchi as Deputy USTR. Bianchi’s closest work in trade involved serving as Deputy Assistant to President Obama for Economic Policy. While other Biden appointees have faced confirmation challenges due to har...

livestock

Russia and Argentina: Fighter Jets, COVID Vaccines, and Beef

During the administrations of Presidents Marci and Trump, relations between the U.S. and Argentina started to improve. For example, the Trump Department of Commerce accepted Argentina’s petition for a “changed circumstances” review of the countervailing duties placed on import...

Picking a Venue; Defund the CAP; NBT Protectionism

Picking a Venue There are real risks to the American economy from Mexico’s ban on GM corn for food and glyphosate. While most corn sold to Mexico is for animal feed and theoretically exempt, a small percentage of field corn goes into making cereal, corn starch, corn oil, and corn syrup th...

biofuel

Infrastructure Plan: Ag Provisions and Politics

Last week, President Biden unveiled a major $2 trillion infrastructure package, the American Jobs Plan. From agriculture’s perspective, the plan is a mixed bag, but mostly positive proposals in terms of infrastructure upgrades. Inland waterways, ports, and in-land ports of entry would r...

Miscellany Day; ESG Landmines; Drifting Lower

Miscellany Day The Biden Administration’s latest National Trade Estimates Report on barriers abroad kept opposition to Mexico’s glyphosate phaseout and failure to approve new GMO events, and added opposition to a new decree that would end imports of GM corn for human consumption...

Singing Constituency’s Chorus; Forest for the Trees

Singing Constituency’s Chorus USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack knows his constituency. He has reportedly called on the Congress to reauthorize Trade Promotion Authority for President Biden so that more trade agreements can be negotiated, and he suggested that it is possible the U.S. could seek...

Face of Lobbying Changes; African Opportunity

Face of Lobbying Changes  WTO members led by India and South Africa are pushing for a waiver from Intellectual Property (IP) protections for any goods related to COVID-19. Specifically, they want to freely replicate the vaccines that have been developed by private companies like Pfizer, Mo...

biofuel

RFS Waivers and RINs Prices

On 22 February, we noted that the Supreme Court had agreed to hear a challenge to the 10th District Court’s ruling on small refinery exemptions (SREs). In January, the Department of Justice, acting as counsel for the EPA, had requested that the Supreme Court not hear the case and instead...

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