U.S.-India agree on ag subsidies

It looks like a major roadblock to the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement has been resolved. The United States and India have reached an agreement on how India stockpiles food for food security reasons.  India objected to a provision in the trade proposal which bars countries from exceeding farm subsidy caps for food security reasons.  A… Read more »

Illinois group sees opportunity in Cuba

The head of the Illinois Cuba Working Group, established by the Illinois legislature, sees an opening for lifting of the U.S. trade barrier with Cuba, helping to increase U.S. agricultural exports there. Paul Johnson, executive director of the group and president of Chicago Foods International, says the new Republican majority in the U.S. Senate could help,… Read more »

U.K. Dairy Crest selling fluid operations

One of Britain’s big dairy companies is getting out of the fluid milk business.  Dairy Crest is selling its bottling business to Muller UK & Ireland Group part of  Germany’s Muller Wiseman for 80 million Pounds. ($127 million U.S.).  The deal includes four bottling plants. Dairy Crest sold 1.3 billion liters, about 15 percent of… Read more »

Bayer will not release traits without China’s import approval

 Trade acceptance is a highly sensitive issue in agriculture.  Liam Condon, CEO of Bayer CropScience tells Brownfield his company will not release traits for sale in the U.S. until receiving import approval from China. (Photo courtesy of ZimmComm) “At the moment, our policy is very clear.  If our traits are not deregulated in China, as a… Read more »

Syngenta defends Viptera decisions

An official of Syngenta is defending the company’s 2010 decision to release the MIR 162 corn trait, known as Agrisure Viptera, even though it had not received import approval from China. Chuck Lee, head of Syngenta’s corn sector, points out that China imported corn containing the Viptera trait for two years before it began rejecting… Read more »

Some progress in TPP negotiations

Officials report some progress was made in recent negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.  But they say there are still significant areas of disagreement, including the United States’ insistence that Japan lower its barriers to agricultural imports. Following a recent TPP negotiating session in Australia, Japan’s economic minister said that while there is “no prospect… Read more »

Vilsack: No COOL appeal until 2015

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says if the U.S. appeals the recent WTO ruling on Country of Origin Labeling, it won’t be filed until after the first of the year. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office is in the process of considering an appeal. Meanwhile, Vilsack says the USDA will try to find a compromise for COOL…. Read more »

Mexico & U.S. deal on sugar dispute

Mexico and the U.S. have reached a deal to avoid the potential for steep duties on Mexican sugar imports to the U.S. Mexico is one of the largest suppliers of sugar to the United States which cannot meet the demand on its own. In March, the American Sugar Alliance filed a claim with the U.S…. Read more »

An opportunity to build relationships

A delegation of Taiwanese grain buyers have been in Indiana getting a first-hand look at agriculture.  Over the weekend they visited Indiana Corn Marketing Council President Dennis Maple’s farm in Greentown.  He says these visits benefit Indiana agriculture.  “It’s really important for them to see how good the crop is and how big the crop… Read more »

Taiwanese trade team visits Indiana

Representatives of the Taiwan grain industry are in Indiana this week to see Indiana agriculture first hand.  Willis Cheng, a member of the trade team, tells Brownfield Taiwan imports nearly 100 percent of their corn and soybeans and says the visit allows the delegation to better understand their supplier.  “Indiana is a very important agriculture… Read more »