January 20, 2020

Doha- "Narrow Window of Opportunity"

Categories: Doha / Trade /EU

More news regarding the Doha round of W.T.O. trade talks is now posted at the German Marshall Fund’s Trade & Development webpage. Click here for complete details.


Farm Bill Dynamics

I. Farm Bill Dynamics
II. Ethanol
A. Political Support
B. Production & Economic Issues
III. Doha

I. Farm Bill Dynamics

The Washington Post editorial board noted in today’s paper that, “The last time Congress took a long look at America’s wasteful system of agricultural subsidies, we had to endure bushels of shallow rhetoric about how billions in largess would save the great American family farm. With this hefty crop of disingenuous sentimentality and equally hefty lobbying efforts from powerful agricultural interests, the result was a federal giveaway that did more to hurt small farmers than it did to help them.

“The law that authorizes a range of unnecessary and ill-targeted agriculture programs is set to expire in September. So expect fronts for agribusiness, rural banks and farm insurers (and the members of Congress who accept their campaign contributions) to try and sell the same line again this year: Extend the programs or nail the coffin shut on America’s heartland. It’s about time to nail the coffin on that tired line instead.