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·         Perdue Talks Trade

Ag Secretary: Long Way to Go on Substantive Agreements With China


·         Secretary Perdue: China Trade Deal Must Have Teeth

·         (Video) Secretary Perdue Addresses Cattle Industry Convention

·         Tyner: It’s unclear what a U.S.-China trade deal would look like



Perdue Talks Trade

Ag Secretary: Long Way to Go on Substantive Agreements With China


By Greg D Horstmeier, DTN/The Progressive Farmer



NEW ORLEANS (DTN) -- USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue focused on "trade, trade and trade" as he spoke Friday during the closing session of the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention here.


The secretary touched on a number of trade and other issues during his 34-minute speech. On China, Perdue stressed the toughest issues continue to be the administration's positions on protecting U.S. intellectual property.


During a press conference prior to his speech, Perdue told reporters he felt there was still a long way to go on substantive agreements with China.


"We're heartened by the spirit," of Chinese-U.S. talks earlier in the week, he said. But, he added, trade rules are "never done until it's really done, and then it's not really done until there are enforcement mechanisms," to permanently protect U.S. interests from forced transfer of intellectual property and intellectual theft. He suggested President Donald Trump would not sign an agreement that didn't contain long-term enforcement language.


In front of cattle producers, Perdue said, "We've got to be good neighbors and treat each other's intellectual property like we treat real property." He asked the audience how they would feel if they saw cows in someone else's pasture wearing their brand.


Perdue also told cattle producers he believes U.S. agriculture has for too long relied on one or just a few customers.


"We want a lot of customers," he said, seguing into an update of efforts there were underway to expand trade with countries such as Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. Perdue added that the administration has not forgotten about Japan and the importance of meat exports to Japanese markets.


The comments, and attention, are timely in light of the coming activity around the countries that are part of the Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP. The Trump administration pulled the U.S. out of TPP negotiations early in his first year, saying the agreement was bad for U.S. trade.


Relating a recent visit with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Perdue stressed, "He understands how important Japan is to agriculture, particularly the beef sector, and we're working to get standards there over these trade barriers," such as phytosanitary issues. "He does not want U.S. producers to be at a disadvantage," to the 11 nations currently under the TPP umbrella. "He's on it."


Perdue mentioned the announcement Thursday the agency awarded $200 million to 57 organizations through the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program to help U.S. farmers and ranchers identify and access new export markets. He also stressed to the crowd that those funds were seed dollars, meant to be leveraged with independent dollars such as those from the beef checkoff.


"These are partnerships, this is not handouts," he said of the three-year program...





Secretary Perdue: China Trade Deal Must Have Teeth


By Gene Johnston, Successful Farming - 2/1/2019


Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was in New Orleans on Friday, his third trip to the Big Easy in the first month of this year: One Sugar Bowl football game, one Farm Bureau meeting, and now the National Cattle Convention. Before he addressed the general session of all the beef producers, he had a brief Q&A with the media.


Q: Where exactly are we on a trade deal with China?


Perdue: Let me say that trade continues to be an integral part of agriculture policy. We produce more than we can consume, we must have trade, and that’s what this administration is working toward.


The president met with the Vice Premier of China yesterday. Both parties want to get a deal done. And it won’t be done until it is approved and then enforced. Intellectual property rights continue to be the big part of the negotiations. Progress was made, but the president won’t sign a deal that doesn’t have teeth. Our team of representatives will be in China for follow-up meetings in February. What we want is for China to be a reliable customer for our goods, as we will be a reliable supplier.


And don’t forget we are working with other customers. Japan, for instance, is particularly important for beef, and we are working on further building that market. And the EU is another one. We want agriculture included in trade talks, and they want to leave ag out. They have more non-ag trade barriers than anywhere else, such as their phytosanitary barriers.


The good news in this is that USDA is traveling the world trying to open new markets to our products. We have great products and plenty of them. We need more diverse markets, particularly for something like soybeans. We shouldn’t be so dependent on one [China]. We want more customers in places like Vietnam, India, and Africa.


Q: Who is going to regulate the new artificial lab meat products being developed, FDA or USDA?


Perdue: We believe USDA is in the best position to be in charge of harvesting, packaging, and labeling these products. Those are the things we do with all food products, it makes sense we do that with any new class of products. Especially labeling – people need to know where a product comes from.


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(Video) Secretary Perdue Addresses Cattle Industry Convention


BY Bryce Doeschot, KTIC (NE)

February 1, 2019


Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue spent part of his Friday morning with cattlemen and cattlewomen at the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show.


Secretary Perdue, speaking at the closing session, covered many issues that convention participants have discussed over the past week.


Video: Secretary Perdue Addresses Cattle Industry Convention


video report [33:17 min.]



Tyner: It’s unclear what a U.S.-China trade deal would look like


By Amie Simpson, Brownfield 

February 4, 2019


Purdue University Ag Economist Wally Tyner says it’s a positive sign President Trump and Chinese President Xi will meet soon to try to finalize a trade deal, but it’s unclear what a deal will look like.


“A deal could be okay we’re just going to go back to where we were—get rid of all the tariffs and declare victory,” he says. “A deal could also be an enforceable way to keep the Chinese from stealing intellectual property which is the big issue and if we can do that as well as open up trade that would be great.”


He tells Brownfield there are several long-standing issues between the two countries.


“The trade issues are not nearly as hard to resolve as the technology and property theft issues,” he says...


more, including audio [3:10 min.]