European Union and U.S. Agree to New Organic Trade Partnership

February 15, 2012

Today, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced that open trade of organic products between the United States and the European Union will begin June 1, 2012.  The U.S. and the E.U. are the world’s two largest organic markets, with a combined market value of $50 billion. The new partnership will eliminate the double fees, inspections, […]

WTO Panel Rules Against Basis of COOL Regulations

November 21, 2011

On Friday, November 18, a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel released a ruling against the major underpinnings of U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulations that let consumers in the U.S. know the origins of meat products from cattle and hogs.  The U.S. Trade Representative has not yet announced whether the U.S. will appeal this […]

USDA Accepting Applications for Agricultural Trade Advisory Committees

October 24, 2011

The face of America – and of American agriculture – is changing.  The number of farms in the United States has grown 4 percent and the operators of those farms have become more diverse in the past five years, according to results of USDA’s most recent Census of Agriculture.  According to the Census, the numbers […]


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