News items related to ag tech, biotech, trade and perhaps some other interesting topics out there related to agriculture will be posted on this page throughout the week (as the week progresses newest items will be ingreenat bottom of sections). Check the page during the week for updates.


TRADE, TRADE RELATED, INFRASTRUCTURE:

NAFTA draws mixed feelings in Mexico as trade talks continuePhoenix Business JournalBy Andrea Jaramillo, Cronkite Borderlands Initiative (Dec 28)

“[A]s some Mexican officials try to convince U.S. President Donald Trump that NAFTA has been beneficial for both countries, Mexican critics of the treaty think its time for their government to take a hard look at its shortcomings.” – Link

Half of U.S. soy exports to China would fall afoul of new rulesReutersBy Tom Polansek, Michael Hirtzer (Dec 27)

Its going to raise the costs of sending the soybeans to ChinaLink

What’s Next for Agriculture in the WTO? – U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Foreign Agriculture Service -By Jason Hafemeister, Trade Counsel, U.S. Department of Agriculture (Jan 5)

Following the conclusion of the 11thWorld Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference last month, its time for WTO members to reflect, reset, and reinvigorate the agriculture negotiations to tackle the real-world international trade concerns that face agriculture today.” – Link

Trump Courts Economic MayhemWall Street JournalCommentary By Robert B. Zoellick (Jan 7)

This year well find out how serious he is about protectionism. So far the signs arent good.” – Link(subscription-based)

Russia to fight EU retaliatory duty bid over pigmeat banGlobalMeatNews.comBy Eugene Vorotnikov, in Voronezh, Russia; and Keith Nuthall (Jan 8)

The Russian government will fight an application by the European Union (EU) at the World Trade Organization (WTO) for permission to impose retaliatory trade sanctions worth 1.39 billion over Moscows ban on EU pork and pigs.” – Link

Post-Brexit trade talks set to start soonFood Manufacture (UK) – By Rick Pendrous (Jan 8)

The next 12 months will prove pivotal in determining whether the UK can negotiate a favourable free-trade deal with the EU that meets the needs of food and drink manufacturers.” – Link

White House preparing for trade crackdownPoliticoBy Andrew Restuccia and Doug Palmer (Jan 7)

As Trump returns to a key campaign pledge, upcoming closed-door meetings will shed light on how aggressive the president plans to be.” – Link

McKinney throws down Canadian trade gauntletFarm PressBy Holly Spangler (Jan 8)

USDA undersecretary for trade doesnt mince words about what Canada needs to do to make NAFTA negotiations happen.” – Link

Canada files WTO complaint against US over trade rulesBBC News (Jan 10)

The action comes amid disputes between the two countries over areas such as dairy, aircraft sales and lumber as well as efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.” – Link

Mexico will leave NAFTA talks if Trump triggers process to withdrawReuters – (Jan 10) – Link

 


AG, AG TECH, RESEARCH, PRODUCTION, PROTECTION, RELATED ISSUES:

Agriculture a hard sell for Zimbabwes youthIRINBy Tawanda Majoni (Dec 27)

For many young people, the city holds more promise than the field” – Link

Uganda’s ‘Super Beans’ – an Answer to Food Insecurity? – allAfrica / Deutsche WelleBy Frank Yiga (Dec 22)

They’re a bio-fortified seed varietythey’re drought tolerant, have high nutritional value and attain good yields.” – Link

U.S. Eyes Increased Pumping From Central Valley ProjectKQED News / Associated Press (Dec 29)

The Trump administration said Friday it will look at revving up water deliveries to farmers from Californias Central Valley Project…” – Link

Meet the Woman Using CRISPR to Breed All-Male Terminator CattleMIT Technology ReviewBy Andrew Rosenblum (Jan 10)

Gene-editing technology has big potential in farm animals. It has been used to create pigs immune to viruses and sheep whose wool grows longer.” – Link


POLICY, REGULATORY, ACTIVISM, OTHER:

Avoiding GMOs isnt just anti-science. Its immoral. – The Washington PostBy Mitch Daniels (Dec 27)

Its time to move the argument to a new plane. For the rich and well-fed to deny Africans, Asians or South Americans the benefits of modern technology is not merely anti-scientific. Its cruel, its heartless, its inhumane and it ought to be confronted on moral grounds that ordinary citizens, including those who have been conned into preferringnon-GMO Cheerios, can understand.” – Link

What’s Going On With GlyphosateAgWebBy Sonja Begemann (Dec 27)

While glyphosate has been used for more than 40 ans, certain regulators and activist groups are revving up their charge against the popular herbicide.” – Link

When Picking Apples on a Farm With 5,000 Rules, Watch Out for the LaddersNew York TimesBy Steve Eder (Dec 27)

Produce growers represent a textbook example of what businesses describe
as regulatory fatigue. President Trump is tapping into the discontent.” – Link

Foods containing GM golden rice can be sold in Australia and New ZealandFood Navigator Asia -By Gary Scattergood (Jan 3)

Products containing traces of golden rice, which is genetically modified to produce beta-carotene, should be able to be sold in Australia and New Zealand, regulators have ruled.” – Link

Attorneys General support Prop 65 injunctionFarm Futures (Jan 4)

NAWG filed suit in November 2017 challenging Proposition 65, which would label glyphosate as a carcinogen.” – Link

Want to fix agriculture? Stop with the name-calling and death threats. – Washington PostBy Tamar Haspel (Jan 5) – Link

Once And For All, Heres What Science Says About GMOsFuturismBy Alexandra Ossola (Jan 10)

The further we move from facts and the truth, the harder it is to come to rational conclusions on these subjects.” – Link