The Senate has scheduled a vote on Tom Vilsack’s nomination for Secretary of Agriculture on Feb. 23. In early February, the Senate Agriculture Committee unanimously approved President Biden's pick to lead USDA.
Biden's USTR nominee was a key player in the USMCA negotiations, and some think USMCA may be a template for future trade talks, including the possibility of rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
On Thursday, the United States Cattlemen's Association (USCA) sent a letter to the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council regarding the enforcement of President Biden's Buy American mandate, signed on January 25.
Trade seems to be taking a back seat in Washington. From COVID-19 recovery to a focus on climate, other issues are taking priority in the new White House. That's not stopping ag groups from pushing for key trade deals.
In December 2020, Congress added a provision to a COVID relief bill establishing a Statutory Dealer Trust, which give unpaid sellers first priority rights in their livestock or the proceeds of their livestock.
Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) may be back on the table, but it’s far from a done deal. The topic was brought up during Tom Vilsack's confirmation hear thing week, but one economist says the economics have changed.