Senate approves TPA

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The Senate has approved Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) by a vote of 60 to 38. The legislation grants the president authority to enter into and finalize free trade agreements.  Proponents argued that TPA is necessary in order for U.S. negotiators to complete the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement with 11 Pacific Rim countries. “TPA is what… Read more »

Baking industry says foreign egg products necessary

The American baking industry says foreign imports of eggs and egg products will be needed to deal with the downturn in supply caused by avian flu. Cory Martin, with the American Baking Association, says the loss of domestic egg supply from the virus has hit the restaurant industry and others harder than the baking industry… Read more »

Stabenow proposes alternative to COOL repeal

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The ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee is offering an alternative to outright repeal of country-of-origin labeling (COOL). Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow has released a draft bill that would convert mandatory country-of-origin labeling for beef and pork to a voluntary program. Stabenow calls it “a pathway to finding a solution on country-of-origin labeling”. National… Read more »

Concerns about yields already arising

  A Purdue ag economist says markets throughout the world last winter were confident a grain shortage would not be an issue in 2015. But, Chris Hurt says Mother Nature may have other ideas.  “We do have some difficulties,” he says.  “The Eastern Corn Belt clearly has water difficulties and the two-week out forecast continues… Read more »

Senate to vote today on TPA

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The Senate is expected to approve Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) today. On Tuesday, senators voted 60 to 37 to break a Democratic-led filibuster and allow a final vote on the TPA bill.  The legislation now needs a simple majority to pass, after which it will be sent to the President for his signature. If TPA… Read more »

Senate advances TPA to final vote

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By a vote of 60 to 37, Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) cleared a procedural hurdle in the Senate Tuesday morning and is headed for a final vote on Wednesday. If TPA passes Wednesday, as is expected, it will set the stage for a Thursday vote on Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA).  The House approved TPA as a… Read more »

Senate scheduled to vote Tuesday on TPA

The Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday on stand-alone Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation. The bill will need 60 votes to pass.  For that to happen, according to, a dozen or so pro-trade Democrats will need assurance that a vote for TPA will be followed by approval of Trade Adjustment Assistance for workers displaced… Read more »

Noem pleased with House TPA passage

A supporter of the Trade Promotion Authority bill in the U.S. House says she is proud to see it pass.  South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem says it’s an important tool for U.S. trade negotiators to have in their back pocket. Noem tells reporters, “We have been without trade promotion authority since 2007 and in that… Read more »

House TPA passage applauded by many

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Many agricultural groups are applauding House passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and are calling on the Senate to take up and pass the measure. National Pork Producers Council President Dr. Ron Prestage says passage of TPA will give U.S. trade negotiators the leverage they need to close negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership TPP… Read more »

High oleic soybeans highlight Korean delegation’s visit

A Korean trade team has been in Indiana this week learning more about US soybeans.  Say Young Jo, US Soybean Export Council Country Director says Korea is a large importer of US soybeans, soybean meal and soybean oil. He says this trip has been an opportunity for the delegation to learn more about high oleic… Read more »