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Farm Bureau hopeful for trade progress in 2022

IARN — The American Farm Bureau Federation believes a few recent announcements from President Biden represent progress on a number of trade issues.

Farm Bureau officials remain hopeful that the new year will bring progress on the trade front. Dave Salmonsen, American Farm Bureau senior congressional relations director, says a primary issue at the forefront is dairy trade with Canada under the USMCA.

“The way Canada was administering the program really wasn’t allowing increases of U.S. dairy product into Canada. The U.S. brought a case, and it was just decided that Canada wasn’t administering it properly. The U.S. won the case, Canada has since said they will change the way they administer the program to allow in the required amount of U.S. dairy products, and we look for increased exports going forward into Canada.”

Salmonsen says the U.S. will also discuss ending tariffs on steel from the United Kingdom.

“U.S. and the UK just announced they will be starting talks to try and get rid of those tariffs. In the fall, the U.S. and the European Union came to a deal, got rid of those tariffs and got rid of the retaliatory tariffs on our products, so we’re looking to have the same thing done with the United Kingdom, and that will, again, create more opportunities for our products into the United Kingdom market.”

Salmonsen talks about some recent trade progress that has been made with India.

“And just the recent announcement that India would proceed with administering the proper certificates and would allow U.S. pork imports into that country. So, we’re very pleased that that’s going forward. There’s a variety of other issues to be worked on with other products that we’d like to get into that country, so several issues with India, but this is good progress.”

Learn more about trade issues by visiting the American Farm Bureau’s website,

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