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·         American beef going back to EU? Not so fast!

Ephemeral, unnamed year one when beef slowly starts to re-enter EU market seems to have been left undefined.

 

·         Agreement reached to export more US beef to the EU

… If fully implemented, this agreement between the Trump administration and the EU could encourage additional production of beef cattle not treated with growth-producing hormones…

 

 

American beef going back to EU? Not so fast!

Ephemeral, unnamed year one when beef slowly starts to re-enter EU market seems to have been left undefined.

 

Chuck Jolley, Commentary, Feedstuffs

Aug 06, 2019

 

Ever since I can remember there has been a serious bone of contention between the European Union and the U.S. over American-raised beef. Europe does not want meat treated with hormones. We insist there is nothing wrong with it. The meat is just as safe as the ‘pure’ stuff raised over there. Those small nations on the eastern side of the pond said, “No, no American beef of any kind will be allowed to pollute our diet.”

 

Thus, the U.S. was shut out of a huge market for four long decades.

 

The roots stretch back 38 years – to the outer edges of my memory – when the EU first banned hormone treated beef. The battle of the bovines was joined often during the intervening years, usually with the World Trade Organization (WTO) coming down on our side and just as usually with the EU ignoring the ruling. Trade threats were made, retaliatory tariffs were levied.

 

The first real break came in 2009 when the EU agreed to accept U.S. beef not treated by hormones. It was to be a phased in agreement, with severely limited volumes at the start to be slowly increased year-by-year. But the crafty Europeans always found a way to delay. Annoyed by what American trade negotiators saw as stalling tactics, though, the retaliatory tariffs were reinstated during the last year of the Obama Administration.

 

Just a few days ago, President Donald Trump announced yet another deal under which the Europeans agreed to accept more American beef. A cautionary note here before the industry breaks out the party hats: The 28 member EU has tentatively agreed to accept 45,000 tons of hormone-free beef from foreign countries every year. We will start slowly, allowed to fulfill 35,000 tons of that quota after seven years. Step-by-step, bit-by-bit, we have again been promised phased-in access.

 

Same old song and dance? We’ve been there, done that before.

 

Last Friday, Jennifer Houston, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Assn. (NCBA), and other association officers joined Trump at a White House signing ceremony for the memorandum of understanding. After the event she issued this positive and politically appropriate statement: “Today is a good day for America’s cattlemen and cattlewomen. President Trump and his trade team deserve a lot of credit for standing up for America’s cattle industry and securing this important market access to Europe.” Her sentiments were repeated by the heads of every major meat industry trade association.

 

Julia Anna Potts, president and CEO of the North American Meat Institute was a bit more cautious. Her optimistic but still realistic statement: “We look forward to continuing to work with the Administration to further reduce barriers impeding, and improve access for, U.S. meat and poultry exports in all foreign markets. It is critical to continue ongoing trade negotiations with China, to approve the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and to further talks with Japan.”

 

The White House was making a really big deal about the memorandum, a tentative agreement still-to-be-approved by the EU Parliament. The Administration is desperate to show a ‘win’ to an American ag community that has been asked to shoulder so much of the burden of the recent trade wars. Dropping the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the lengthy renegotiating of the North American Free Trade Agreement and going nose-to-nose with China, one of our largest ag trading partners, has been extremely painful. Unnoticed but taking away the possible future glory of the EU beef trade agreement was China’s action late last week. Reacting to recent U.S. tariff threats, China let its currency drop to an 11-year low for a few days and suspended purchases of U.S. farm products.

 

You know when you’re sick and describing your pain to a health care professional and she asks you to give it a number – 1 through 10 with 10 being absolute agony? Lots of farmers, especially those growing soybeans, are now talking 7 or 8. The growing agricultural agony is causing farm bankruptcies to increase to near an all-time high. Ag suicides are increasing at a horrifying rate. American agriculture, big and small, needs a shot in the arm now...

 

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Agreement reached to export more US beef to the EU

 

Cathy Siegner, FoodDive

Aug. 6, 2019

 

Dive Brief:

 

·         U.S. and European Union officials signed a memorandum of understanding Aug. 2 that could almost triple the amount of duty-free and hormone-free U.S. beef allowed annually into the 28 EU member countries during the next seven years, Foodmarket reported. The deal still has to be approved by the European Parliament.

 

·         Under the agreement, U.S. beef exports to the EU are expected to increase from 13,000 metric tons each year to about 18,500 metric tons annually, with a total value of about $420 million, according to Meat + Poultry.

 

·         In a statement, CEO of the North American Meat Institute Julie Anna Potts thanked the Trump administration for prioritizing market expansion for U.S. meat products. There is more that needs to be done, she said. "It is critical to continue ongoing trade negotiations with China, to approve the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and to further talks with Japan."

 

Dive Insight:

 

If fully implemented, this agreement between the Trump administration and the EU could encourage additional production of beef cattle not treated with growth-producing hormones. The EU banned importation of such beef in 1989. The U.S. retaliated by imposing tariffs on certain EU products, although those have been suspended in recent years with the EU granting market access to U.S. beef raised without hormones.

 

Dan Halstrom, president and CEO of the U.S. Meat Export Federation, said in a statement the agreement will enhance access to a very high-value beef market in the EU.

 

"The agreement sends a very positive signal to customers in Europe who see a bright future for U.S. beef and to producers who are interested in expanding their non-hormone treated cattle business, but have grown frustrated as they struggled to recover the additional production costs," he said.

 

Cattle ranchers and processors have had a difficult time in recent years...

 

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