TRADE RECIPROCITY

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Thailand sends a lot of products to the United States under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), which gives duty-free treatment to goods coming into the country. In fact, the southeast Asian nation is the second largest recipient of GSP benefits, with $3.9 billion of GSP-eligible products exported to the United States in 2016. The problem is that trade doesn’t … Read More

HOT AIR TAX?

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In looking to offset carbon emissions as a way to address climate change, EU countries have opened the door to taxing meat. That’s troubling because it’s based on dubious data and because of the impact it would have, if implemented, on global food prices. At a climate summit last November in Bonn, Germany, signatory nations to the Paris climate accord … Read More

Legislation Addresses Agricultural Labor Shortage

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There seems to be some bipartisan momentum for finally reforming our broken immigration system, and legislation introduced yesterday in the House to do that also could help address the agriculture industry’s labor shortage. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Reps. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, and Martha McSally, R-Ariz., Wednesday offered a … Read More

PLAN FOR THE HEARTLAND

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President Trump yesterday unveiled his blueprint for spurring rural development and prosperity, and there’s a lot in the plan that farmers can embrace. Recommendations from the White House Ag and Rural Prosperity Task Force include ones on agricultural labor, trade, broadband access and regulations, which have put a damper on the farm economy. Much of the task force plan – … Read More

Hog Farmers Do What’s Right To Provide Safe Food

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As you slice into that Christmas ham in a couple of days, please remember that one of the country’s 60,000 hog farmers devoted a lot of time, energy and resources to provide you with that safe, wholesome and affordable pork. Also remember that those farmers gave a lot of care to every animal they raised. That’s not what the public … Read More

RESTRAINING TRADE

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The attorneys general for 13 states this week filed suit against Massachusetts over its ban on the sale of pork, eggs and veal produced from out-of-state animals raised in housing banned by the state. The lawsuit claims an initiative approved by Massachusetts voters in November 2016 – and which is set to take effect in 2022 – violates the U.S. … Read More

TERMINATING NAFTA LIKELY WON’T HAVE INTENDED EFFECT

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While the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is being renegotiated, there’s been a lot of talk about pulling out of the agreement altogether. The reasoning goes that by doing so we could easily eliminate the trade deficits with our two partner countries (it’s really aimed at Mexico). We had a $55.6 billion deficit in goods and services trade with … Read More

Once More Unto the Breach…

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Henry, let’s try this again. After a years-long hiatus, Hogs on the Hill (HOTH) is giving it another go in the blogosphere. With a swine’s eye view of the happenings on Capitol Hill, the other end of Pennsylvania Ave. – that’s the White House – and around the country, HOTH once more will attempt to give readers the scoop on … Read More

HSUS Renews Its Attacks on Farmers

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The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has reared its ugly head again, renewing its attacks on farmers, with a push to pass a California initiative that could dictate farm production practices throughout the country. The animal-rights group has been rather quiet after taking it on the chin a number of times over the past few years, including some … Read More