Trilateral Statement on the Conclusion of NAFTA Round One

August 20, 2017, Washington, DC –United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Mexican Secretary of the Economy Ildefonso Guajardo launched the renegotiation and modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in Washington, DC. This began five full days of meetings by a team of subject matter experts covering […]

USTR Robert Lighthizer at the First Round of NAFTA Renegotiations

AMBASSADOR LIGHTHIZER Opening Statement: August 16, 2017-Washington, DC – This is an historic day for the United States. Today, for the first time, we will start negotiating to revise a major free trade agreement.  American politicians have been promising to renegotiate NAFTA for years, but today President Trump is going to fulfill those promises. I […]

USTR Lighthizer, Japan Foreign Minister Kono Agree to Accelerate Bilateral Trade Engagement

August 16, 2017, Washington, DC – U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today met with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono for wide-ranging discussions on strengthening and advancing bilateral trade and economic relations. At the meeting, they discussed work plans to promote the trade agenda under the U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue, co-chaired by Vice President Mike Pence and Deputy Prime […]

USMEF Statement on West Coast Port Labor Contract Extension

August 4, San Francisco, CA-The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced that its members have approved a three-year extension of the labor contract covering 29 West Coast ports. The contract between ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) now runs through June 30, 2022. U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Philip Seng […]

DuPont Pioneer Launches Open Innovation Website

DuPont Pioneer believes that the global scientific community can do truly innovative work when we collaborate. Join us and other thought leaders from around the world to stimulate the development of groundbreaking and sustainable agricultural solutions. “Farmers expect complete solutions for managing their farms and consumers want a plentiful and healthy food supply. At DuPont […]

U.S., China Sign Historic Rice Protocol

China consumes equivalent of entire U.S. crop every 13 days July 20, 2017, Wahington, DC – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and China’s Vice Premier Wang Yang have signed a long-stalled phytosanitary protocol that will permit the import of U.S. milled rice into China. “This is a tremendous leap towards selling U.S. rice in China,” […]

Perdue Applauds President Trump for Selections of McKinney & Clovis for USDA Posts

July 19, 2017, Washington, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded President Donald J. Trump’s declaration of intent to nominate Ted McKinney for Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs and Dr. Sam Clovis for Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics. Note: In May, USDA created the new position of Under […]

Conaway Applauds Trump Administration’s NAFTA Plan

“As the administration looks to highlight American-made products this week, there is no better way to do so than by charting a path to economic advancement for America’s farmers, ranchers and foresters…”  July 17, 201, Washington, D.C. – House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) today applauded U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer’s newly-released […]

Nomination of Steve Censky as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

July 13, 2017, St. Louis – Following the nomination of Steve Censky by President Donald Trump as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the American Soybean Association offered its strong support. Censky has led the association as CEO since 1996. “Steve has guided our organization for 21 years and in that […]