Beef Exports to Equador; U.S. Milk to China
**U.S. Ambassador to Equador, Todd Chapman met with U.S. Meat Export Federation officials last week to discuss market conditions in Ecuador and ideas for expanding U.S. beef and pork exports to that market.
Ecuador reopened to U.S. beef in 2014 following a BSE-related closure that lasted more than 10…
Perdue Likes Renegotiation of NAFTA; Broadband in Rural America
**After newly confirmed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress last week that President Trump intends to renegotiate NAFTA, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue gave his stamp of approval.
Perdue says "While NAFTA has been an overall positive for American agriculture, any trade deal …
2018 Farm Bill to Stretch Every Dollar; Changes to Canada Dairy
**Members of the Senate Ag Committee say they’ll need to stretch every dollar allocated in the 2018 Farm Bill.
Regardless of the crops they grow, the Michigan farmers who testified at a Farm Bill hearing Saturday said a strong safety net program was at the top of their priority list..…
FDA to Redefine “Healthy”; Ag Lenders Expect Rise in Loan Demand
**The FDA will have to sift through hundreds of comments containing often-conflicting advice as it tries to redefine the term “healthy” for use on food products.
FDA accepted comments until April 26 and now has the unenviable task of trying to figure out how to balance the recommendations of the 2015…
Trump Calls Out Canadian Dairy; Japan to Try TPP Without U.S.
**President Trump has promised Wisconsin dairy farmers the administration will resolve trade inequities with Canada.
Trump made his first comments condemning Canadian dairy trade policies during a stop in Wisconsin last week.
In a letter to the President, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and New York G…
30 Farms in Alberta, Canada Under Quarantine For Bovine TB
Around 30 farms in southeastern Alberta, Canada are under quarantine as Canada attempts to track down cattle exposed to bovine tuberculosis (TB). CBC News of Canada reports the investigation stems from a U.S. Department of Agriculture notice in September that a cow from Alberta tested positive for b…

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