Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

March 26, 2020

After several long days of negotiating, the Senate late last night reached final agreement on COVID Phase III stimulus legislation expected to be in the range of approximately $2 trillion over 10 years.  Further modifications …

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USDA Announces MFP Payments

February 6, 2020

This week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the third and final portion of the second round of payments from the Market Facilitation Program (MFP). These are the final 25% of payments due under MFP. This …

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U.S. signs USMCA

January 23, 2020

President Trump signed USMCA following Thursday’s overwhelming approval in the Senate. The Senate voted 89-10 to pass the agreement. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY.), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Sheldon Whitehouse …

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China deal may be signed January 15

January 9, 2020

President Trump said he planned to sign a trade deal with high-level Chinese representatives Jan. 15. Vice-Premier Liu He will reportedly head China’s delegation. This “Phase 1” agreement commits China to purchase $32 billion in …

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Japan agreement takes effect

January 9, 2020

With Japan’s approval process complete, the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement took effect Jan. 1. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said, “U.S. farmers and ranchers will have significantly improved access to Japan’s market.” For agriculture, the agreement …

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