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·         House ag panel: Biden administration falling short on international trade strategy

·         Hearing outlines concerns with stagnant U.S. ag trade policy

 

 

House ag panel: Biden administration falling short on international trade strategy

 

By Timothy Eggert, FarmWeek

Nov 18, 2021

 

Republican lawmakers and livestock officials scrutinized the Biden administration's strategy on international trade Wednesday, claiming retaliatory tariffs and weak negotiations are preventing American farmers from keeping their foothold and expanding into new markets.

 

"This administration's approach has got to become more ambitious because every day our country doesn't lead, others will fill the gap," Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-South Dakota, said at the onset of a House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture hearing.

 

"Up until last month, the president's not mentioned trade at all," said Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb. "I think it should be a higher priority for this administration."

 

President Joe Biden did talk with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China on Nov. 16 — no trade-related announcements came from the meeting — and this fall has been implementing policies to unclog snags in supply chain, but those are targeting a domestic front.

 

Subcommittee members also complained Biden has yet to announce a nominee for USDA under secretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs, and that Elaine Trevino, his nominee for chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative, has yet to be confirmed by the Senate...

 

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Hearing outlines concerns with stagnant U.S. ag trade policy

Ag industry stakeholders testify in House Ag subcommittee on need for taking a proactive trade position.

 

Jacqui Fatka, National Hog Farmer 

Nov 18, 2021

 

The last time the United States implemented a new free trade agreement was in 2012. “That’s nearly 10 years of inactivity,” shared South Dakota soy and corn farmer Kevin Scott during a House Agriculture subcommittee hearing on trade priorities.

 

Scott and others who testified called for the Biden administration to take a more proactive stance on building and expanding market opportunities for U.S. agricultural producers, including a unanimous call for rejoining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific. The agreement came after the Trump administration withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiated under the Obama administration.

 

During the hearing, both House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Chair Jim Costa, D-Calif., and Ranking Member Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., reiterated the bipartisan support for rejoining the CPTPP. Costa noted that he hopes action can be taken on a bipartisan basis to urge for the conditions that would allow for the U.S. to rejoin the CPTPP.

 

Johnson also noted, “We need a robust approach to free trade agreements” as it would be helpful in removing tariff barriers and non-tariff barriers that are not-science based.

 

According to the written testimony of Jen Sorenson, president of the National Pork Producers Council...

 

Biotech commitments ...

 

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