Trade Deal

“We aren’t going to stop change, and we aren’t going to stop technology.

IDFA zeroes in on next-gen, and ‘making what we can sell’

By Beth Newhart

At the International Dairy Foods Association’s (IDFA) Dairy Forum this week, president and CEO Michael Dykes spoke of the challenges facing US dairy, including product innovation, milk bankruptcies and setting the industry up for a sustainable future.

“Today we are finally ending the NAFTA nightmare.

USMCA signed into law by Trump

By Beth Newhart

The US Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) passed the House in late 2019 and the Senate earlier this month. It replaces the previous North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The US dairy industry is hopeful the trade deal means more sales to China. Pic: Getty Images/Pixfly

Now phase one of trade deal has been agreed, dairy trade groups call for further leveling of trade playing field

US industry happy with dairy deal, but a lot of work left to repair bridges with China

By Richard Whitehead

Now the world’s two most powerful economies have signed the first installment of a trade deal, much more still needs to be done to eliminate retaliatory tariffs and non-tariff barriers for American dairy exports to China.

Positive dairy reaction as USMCA passes Senate

By Beth Newhart

After months of uncertainty, the US Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) has officially passed the US House and Senate. President Donald Trump said he will sign it into law next week.

The deal is being reviewed by legal channels, and has not yet been signed by officials in either country. Pic: Getty/Christoph Burgstedt

US reaches new trade deal with China

By Beth Newhart

The US government announced a ‘Phase One’ trade deal on Friday that stipulates China will make substantial purchases of US goods and services in the coming years, including from agriculture.

 “We want an ongoing relationship with China. We are in this for the long haul.

USDEC positive after China visit in spite of new tariffs

By Beth Newhart

Over the weekend, US president Donald Trump put into effect a new round of tariffs on Chinese goods, while the US Dairy Export Council (USDEC) visited Chinese officials to preserve its relationship with China.

“The details we announced today ensure farmers will not stand alone in facing unjustified retaliatory tariffs.

USDA releases new farm aid details

By Beth Newhart

A $16bn aid package for US farmers was first announced in May. Last week Secretary Sonny Perdue gave more details about how and when the funding will be divided up.

“This bill is a strong start to addressing the issues our producers are facing right now, particularly our dairy farmers.

Pending farm bill has big implications for dairy

By Beth Newhart

The US is close to passing a landmark $867bn farm bill after months of negotiation and compromise. It has already passed the Senate and the House and is expected to be signed into law by President Donald Trump within the coming days.

Roughly $1.5bn in revenues will be lost by US dairy farmers in the second half of 2018 as a result of retaliatory tariffs. Pic: ©GettyImages/Kwangmoozaa

NMPF criticizes USDA dairy aid package for falling ‘far short’

By Beth Newhart

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) sent a letter to US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue analyzing the federal dairy aid package the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced over the summer. An eventual $12bn payout is aimed at helping...

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