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·         White House Will Push China to Make Up for $16B Trade Deficit in Phase One, Vilsack Tells American Farm Bureau

·         Secretary Vilsack Announces China Trade Enforcement and Conservation Programs

 

 

White House Will Push China to Make Up for $16B Trade Deficit in Phase One, Vilsack Tells American Farm Bureau

 

By AgDay TV

via FarmJournal's Pork - January 11, 2022

 

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Convention in underway in Atlanta this week, and as Phase One agreement with China is now expired, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke to members in-person, assuring farmers and ranchers the White House will push China to make up for the $16 billion shortfall in trade.

 

The in-person event is drawing farmer leaders from across the country with a focus on everything from H-2A workers, impacts from the drought, supply chain chaos, as well as policy changes like the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.

 

Convention goers on Monday also heard from both President Biden and USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Biden's remarks were in video message, but Vilsack was in-person this week. During Vilsack's talk, he went through the list of programs the Biden Administration has put in place in the past year that impacts the farming community. He also talked about the importance of building trust among farmers when it comes to trade.

 

"And I think it starts with China. And we all know and appreciate the fact that we have a Phase One trade agreement with China," Vilsack told AFBF members. "And during that period of time, we saw sales to China increase over what they were during the trade war. But here's the deal with Chinese friends, they're about $16 billion light over what they committed to purchase. And that's why Ambassador Tai, our US Trade Representative, is going to China and continues to converse with China about the necessity of living up totally and completely to the Phase One trade agreement, making up that $16 billion deficit over the course of the next several years."

 

Vilsack says as the Biden administration works to hold China accountable to their trade commitments...

 

more, including video report [3:36 min.]  

https://www.porkbusiness.com/news/ag-policy/white-house-will-push-china-make-16b-trade-deficit-phase-one-vilsack-tells-american

 

 

Secretary Vilsack Announces China Trade Enforcement and Conservation Programs

 

Radio 570 WNAX (SD)

Jan 11, 2022

 

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced China trade enforcement and  a new cover crop program at the American Farm Bureau Convention in Atlanta Monday.  He says despite the recent expiration of ag purchase commitments under the Phase One agreement, U.S. efforts to assure China meets remaining commitments under the trade deal continues as they came up short on their purchases.

 

He says China also has outstanding barriers to trade that must be resolved.

 

Vilsack also announced USDA is partnering with other farm and conservation groups with a goal of doubling cover crop acreage by the year 2030.

 

Plus, USDA is investing $50 million in 118 partnerships to expand access to conservation assistance for climate-smart agriculture and forestry...

 

more, including audio [1:44 min.]

https://wnax.com/news/180081-secretary-vilsack-announces-china-trade-enforcement-and-conservation-programs/