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China: Will It, or Won’t It, Meet Phase One in Year Two?

As the two-year China-U.S. Phase One trade agreement nears its final months, and seasonal exports trend up, what China does for the rest of the year has become a hot topic.  At a recent event in Kansas City, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said the U.S. will press China to meet its targets, sta...

Double Exposure; New Old Era

Double Exposure In a concept paper yesterday at the WTO, the U.S. outlined its lessons from the pandemic in terms of a more resilient planet. Notably missing from the report was any mention of the TRIPS agreement hindering vaccinations against disease. The reason for its absence is the mounting...

Reap What You Sow; Energy Poverty; Deadly Food

Reap What you Sow French President Emmanuel Macron withdrew his ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia over the shift of a submarine purchase from his country to Britain and America. He is reportedly livid that such a commercial loss could occur as he seeks re-election. Yet he supports a special...

livestock

Methane and Climate Policies Ag Focus before U.N. Climate Meeting

There was a lot of activity last week in preparation for the upcoming United Nations climate meeting to be held in Glasgow, including a new U.S.-EU methane reduction agreement outline and a discussion among the G20 ag ministers about climate and ag policies. First, on Saturday, the U.S. and EU...

biofuel

Will Biofuels Go Sky High in Taking to the Air?

The Biden Administration last week announced an effort to lower carbon emissions in aviation, targeting a 20 percent drop in aviation emissions by 2030 and the “potential for a fully zero-carbon aviation sector by 2050.” That would be 3 billion gallons annual use by 2030, and potent...

Biden Buckles; Future-casting Politics

Biden Buckles Much the way Donald Trump’s threat to end NAFTA united Congressional Republicans and Democrats in support of the USMCA, China has managed to flip President Biden’s view toward the CPTPP. Yesterday, the White House conceded that it was open to discussing joining the Com...

Subs and Trade; International Tyranny; ESG Green Washing

Subs and Trade China has applied for membership to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a move that should require the Biden Administration to reevaluate its reluctance to join the trade agreement. Beijing made the application on the same day it joi...

Individual Action; AMR for Everyone

Individual Action An anti-animal agriculture group falsely calling itself Americans For Family Farmers is promoting legislation entitled Exposing Agricultural Trade Suppression Act (EATS Act). While ultimately focused on banning concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO’s) and stopping...

Ag Negotiator; Curious Quad

Ag Negotiator President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Elaine Trevino to be the U.S. Chief Agricultural Trade Negotiator. Trevino is President of the Almond Board Alliance of California. Her prior experience includes serving as Deputy Secretary and Assistant Secretary at the Califor...

Proposed Taxes to Pay for the Reconciliation Bill

As we wrote yesterday, while the House Agriculture Committee finished its version of the reconciliation bill, the House Ways and Means Committee is working it its portion. Late yesterday, an outline of tax changes to pay for the reconciliation bill was released, which confirmed that the propose...

Policymakers Back to Work with 17 Days Until End of Fiscal Year

Fiscal year 2021 ends 30 September. There is much work still to be done including funding the government past 1 October, extending key authorizations that are due to lapse, and potentially dealing with the debt limit. All of this while simultaneously trying to cobble together and gain support f...

Pandemic "Food Crisis"

Politico interviewed 11 leaders in U.S. agriculture and determined that based on the pandemic, the food system is not ready for prime time. The thrust of the article is the need to crisis-proof the food system, as if pandemics happen all the time. For example, one observation is the need to sto...

China: Will It, or Won’t It, Meet Phase One in Year Two?

As the two-year China-U.S. Phase One trade agreement nears its final months, and seasonal exports trend up, what China does for the rest of the year has become a hot topic.  At a recent event in Kansas City, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said the U.S. will press China to meet its targets, sta...

Double Exposure; New Old Era

Double Exposure In a concept paper yesterday at the WTO, the U.S. outlined its lessons from the pandemic in terms of a more resilient planet. Notably missing from the report was any mention of the TRIPS agreement hindering vaccinations against disease. The reason for its absence is the mounting...

Reap What You Sow; Energy Poverty; Deadly Food

Reap What you Sow French President Emmanuel Macron withdrew his ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia over the shift of a submarine purchase from his country to Britain and America. He is reportedly livid that such a commercial loss could occur as he seeks re-election. Yet he supports a special...

livestock

Methane and Climate Policies Ag Focus before U.N. Climate Meeting

There was a lot of activity last week in preparation for the upcoming United Nations climate meeting to be held in Glasgow, including a new U.S.-EU methane reduction agreement outline and a discussion among the G20 ag ministers about climate and ag policies. First, on Saturday, the U.S. and EU...

biofuel

Will Biofuels Go Sky High in Taking to the Air?

The Biden Administration last week announced an effort to lower carbon emissions in aviation, targeting a 20 percent drop in aviation emissions by 2030 and the “potential for a fully zero-carbon aviation sector by 2050.” That would be 3 billion gallons annual use by 2030, and potent...

Biden Buckles; Future-casting Politics

Biden Buckles Much the way Donald Trump’s threat to end NAFTA united Congressional Republicans and Democrats in support of the USMCA, China has managed to flip President Biden’s view toward the CPTPP. Yesterday, the White House conceded that it was open to discussing joining the Com...

Subs and Trade; International Tyranny; ESG Green Washing

Subs and Trade China has applied for membership to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a move that should require the Biden Administration to reevaluate its reluctance to join the trade agreement. Beijing made the application on the same day it joi...

Individual Action; AMR for Everyone

Individual Action An anti-animal agriculture group falsely calling itself Americans For Family Farmers is promoting legislation entitled Exposing Agricultural Trade Suppression Act (EATS Act). While ultimately focused on banning concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO’s) and stopping...

Ag Negotiator; Curious Quad

Ag Negotiator President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Elaine Trevino to be the U.S. Chief Agricultural Trade Negotiator. Trevino is President of the Almond Board Alliance of California. Her prior experience includes serving as Deputy Secretary and Assistant Secretary at the Califor...

Proposed Taxes to Pay for the Reconciliation Bill

As we wrote yesterday, while the House Agriculture Committee finished its version of the reconciliation bill, the House Ways and Means Committee is working it its portion. Late yesterday, an outline of tax changes to pay for the reconciliation bill was released, which confirmed that the propose...

Policymakers Back to Work with 17 Days Until End of Fiscal Year

Fiscal year 2021 ends 30 September. There is much work still to be done including funding the government past 1 October, extending key authorizations that are due to lapse, and potentially dealing with the debt limit. All of this while simultaneously trying to cobble together and gain support f...

Pandemic "Food Crisis"

Politico interviewed 11 leaders in U.S. agriculture and determined that based on the pandemic, the food system is not ready for prime time. The thrust of the article is the need to crisis-proof the food system, as if pandemics happen all the time. For example, one observation is the need to sto...

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