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Inefficient Redistribution Policies; Overwhelming Complexity

Inefficient Redistribution Policies Researchers point out that governments use trade policies to redistribute income even though it is less efficient than using taxes because those invested in the protectionism are more likely to sustain it despite changes in political regimes. The pandemic has...

Sustainability Goals; Splintering Transatlantic; Korea Reveals WTO Flaws

Sustainability Goals Returning USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack says that agriculture is ready to embrace the goals of slowing climate change. President Biden has issued several executive orders limiting fossil fuel development and more are forthcoming. However, his centrally planned Build America Be...

Biden Administration’s First Week: No Ag Secretary and RFS Lawsuits

The Biden Administration has been in place for a week now; here’s an update on how things are starting off.  The Secretaries of Defense, Treasury, and State have been confirmed by the Senate. Others are awaiting confirmation. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has been stuck in limbo. With t...

Blue Collar Trade Policy; Farming Microchips; Teaspoon Economics

Blue Collar Trade Policy The Biden Administration is changing trade policy objectives to focus on trade that creates employment in sectors like manufacturing. It will reportedly no longer expend negotiating capital on sectors like financial services, pharmaceuticals, Hollywood, or intellectual...

Wait for the Experts; Cheap Gas

Wait for the Experts There is new leadership in Washington, and they are receiving appeals for reform of the U.S. food system. Most of the ideas are literally from out in left field. They usually start with overstatement such as, “COVID-19 had our food system on the brink of collapse.&rdq...

Get What You Beget; Economic Weapons; Marketing Plan?

Get What You Beget It started with geographic indicators, then it moved on to country of origin labeling even for products made within the EU’s “single” market, next came calls for food sovereignty, though that is aimed at stopping food imports from third country suppliers. No...

Fish and Livestock Jurisdiction; Sustainability Definition

Fish and Livestock Jurisdiction In one of its end of power moves, the Trump Administration orchestrated a Memorandum of Understanding that shifted regulatory oversight of genetically modified livestock intended for the food system from FDA to USDA. The agreement was signed by HHS, the parent de...

SEA High Road; China’s Mixed Story; Focus and Outlook

SEA High Road European activists have tarnished palm oil from Southeast Asia by saying it destroys rainforests and compelled some countries to ban its use in biofuels. Malaysia has filed a WTO complaint over the ban and joined with Indonesia in trying to resuscitate their image in Europe via a...

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2021 Sour Domestic Sugar Outlook

The MY 2020/21 outlook for sugar is for more domestic production and a reduction in imports, but with lower deliveries and increasing year-end stocks. Beet sugar production is up 133,662 short tons – raw value (STRV) based on higher extraction rates in Minnesota and North Dakota. Cane pro...

Codifying Gains; Saving Forests; From Importer to Exporter; Arctic Fruit

Codifying Gains  American farmers are said to be politically conservative. After all, they tend to vote for Republicans in large numbers. But even Republicans are not the budget hawks they once were. Instead, politics has solely become who gets the largess, not whether it builds more debt...

Trump Administration Clearing the Midnight Regulation RFS To-Do List

On noon next Wednesday, President-Elect Biden will be inaugurated so time is short for the Trump Administration to wrap up rules and regulations. Several of interest to agriculture have been issued this week. But also, one of President Biden’s first actions next Wednesday will be to place...

Keeping Competition Domestic; Forest for the Trees

Keeping Competition Domestic Trade disputes of any kind tend to spill over into agriculture and so it is a good idea for aggies to pay attention to all of them, and that includes the growing problem in digital services. The U.S. Trade Representative concluded a Section 301investigation into the...

Inefficient Redistribution Policies; Overwhelming Complexity

Inefficient Redistribution Policies Researchers point out that governments use trade policies to redistribute income even though it is less efficient than using taxes because those invested in the protectionism are more likely to sustain it despite changes in political regimes. The pandemic has...

Sustainability Goals; Splintering Transatlantic; Korea Reveals WTO Flaws

Sustainability Goals Returning USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack says that agriculture is ready to embrace the goals of slowing climate change. President Biden has issued several executive orders limiting fossil fuel development and more are forthcoming. However, his centrally planned Build America Be...

Biden Administration’s First Week: No Ag Secretary and RFS Lawsuits

The Biden Administration has been in place for a week now; here’s an update on how things are starting off.  The Secretaries of Defense, Treasury, and State have been confirmed by the Senate. Others are awaiting confirmation. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has been stuck in limbo. With t...

Blue Collar Trade Policy; Farming Microchips; Teaspoon Economics

Blue Collar Trade Policy The Biden Administration is changing trade policy objectives to focus on trade that creates employment in sectors like manufacturing. It will reportedly no longer expend negotiating capital on sectors like financial services, pharmaceuticals, Hollywood, or intellectual...

Wait for the Experts; Cheap Gas

Wait for the Experts There is new leadership in Washington, and they are receiving appeals for reform of the U.S. food system. Most of the ideas are literally from out in left field. They usually start with overstatement such as, “COVID-19 had our food system on the brink of collapse.&rdq...

Get What You Beget; Economic Weapons; Marketing Plan?

Get What You Beget It started with geographic indicators, then it moved on to country of origin labeling even for products made within the EU’s “single” market, next came calls for food sovereignty, though that is aimed at stopping food imports from third country suppliers. No...

Fish and Livestock Jurisdiction; Sustainability Definition

Fish and Livestock Jurisdiction In one of its end of power moves, the Trump Administration orchestrated a Memorandum of Understanding that shifted regulatory oversight of genetically modified livestock intended for the food system from FDA to USDA. The agreement was signed by HHS, the parent de...

SEA High Road; China’s Mixed Story; Focus and Outlook

SEA High Road European activists have tarnished palm oil from Southeast Asia by saying it destroys rainforests and compelled some countries to ban its use in biofuels. Malaysia has filed a WTO complaint over the ban and joined with Indonesia in trying to resuscitate their image in Europe via a...

softs

2021 Sour Domestic Sugar Outlook

The MY 2020/21 outlook for sugar is for more domestic production and a reduction in imports, but with lower deliveries and increasing year-end stocks. Beet sugar production is up 133,662 short tons – raw value (STRV) based on higher extraction rates in Minnesota and North Dakota. Cane pro...

Codifying Gains; Saving Forests; From Importer to Exporter; Arctic Fruit

Codifying Gains  American farmers are said to be politically conservative. After all, they tend to vote for Republicans in large numbers. But even Republicans are not the budget hawks they once were. Instead, politics has solely become who gets the largess, not whether it builds more debt...

Trump Administration Clearing the Midnight Regulation RFS To-Do List

On noon next Wednesday, President-Elect Biden will be inaugurated so time is short for the Trump Administration to wrap up rules and regulations. Several of interest to agriculture have been issued this week. But also, one of President Biden’s first actions next Wednesday will be to place...

Keeping Competition Domestic; Forest for the Trees

Keeping Competition Domestic Trade disputes of any kind tend to spill over into agriculture and so it is a good idea for aggies to pay attention to all of them, and that includes the growing problem in digital services. The U.S. Trade Representative concluded a Section 301investigation into the...

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