International News/Trade

Trump Says U.S. Open to TPP, If Better Deal Negotiated

President Donald Trump has left the door open to rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership through comments in a recent speech. However, the now TPP 11 countries may not be as welcoming, forging ahead to sign...

NAFTA Talks to Continue, Optimism Increasing

Talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement are at a “much better point,” according to trade officials from Mexico. Speaking at the conclusion of the latest round of talks held in Canada,...

U.S. Food Exports to Cuba Rising

The hard-line rhetoric against Cuba in Washington, D.C., has led to a chink in the diplomatic ties formed in the Obama-era. However, the amount of food exports going from the U.S. to that country...

New York Times: How NAFTA Shapes Beer, Bacon and Blue Jeans Trade

The New York Times recently outlined what the North American Free Trade Agreement means for three items notorious for their association with American culture. Combined, what should be considered for a country song title,...

U.S. Barley Faces Trade Challenges

Doyle Lentz is a barley grower in the Rolla, North Dakota area and a representative with the North Dakota Barley Council. During an interview at the KMOT Ag Expo in Minot, he told the...

Former Ag Secretary says Trump Understands Importance of NAFTA

Trade negotiators are gearing up for the next round of talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in Canada. Some industry stakeholders are frustrated because they feel not enough progress has been...

DDGS Exports Set New Record To Southeast Asia

Considerable concern surrounded the export potential for U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles ( DDGS ) following an adverse trade policy decision by Vietnam, a historic top buyer, in December 2016. Instead, other countries...

Midwest Farmers Assist With USGC Corn Harvest Quality Rollouts

The U.S. Grains Council is rolling out information on the quality of the 2017 corn crop to buyers and end-users around the world, aided in many cases by U.S. farmers who are sharing their...

"Americans For Farmers & Families" Launches Effort To Preserve & Modernize NAFTA

A broad-based group of over 30 organizations representing growers, refiners, producers, transporters, retailers and consumers today announced the formation of Americans for Farmers & Families (AFF), a coalition that will work to ensure President...

Red Meat Exports to Colombia Booming, but Obstacles Remain

Last year was a tremendous year for U.S. pork and beef exports to Colombia. Through November of 2017, pork exports to Colombia were up 65 percent year-over-year (to 63,583 metric tons) and valued at just...

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