January 22, 2020

Doha Update, Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific (FTAAP) Also Noted

Categories: Doha / Trade

Additional news regarding the Doha round of W.T.O. trade talks has been posted at the German Marshall Fund’s Trade & Development webpage, for complete details, just click here.


A Brief Conversation with U.S. Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois

Categories: Farm Bill

Ag Policy Soup, the official podcast of, has been updated with a brief interview with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois.

On Saturday, Senator Durbin hosted a Farm Bill listening session in Niantic, Illinois.

To read a summary of the event (including photos and audio), just click on this Ag Policy Soup webpage.


FT: “US and EU Near Farm Trade Deal”

I. Doha-Canadian Corn Case
II. “Two Farm Bill Debates”- How Much Money and How it Will be Allocated
III. Renewable Fuels- Additional Budget Allocations?
IV. Farm Bill- Ethanol, Conservation
V. Market Dynamics
VI. Farm Bill Opinion

I. Doha-Canadian Corn Case

Eoin Callan and Alan Beattie, writing in today’s Financial Times, reported that, “Trade negotiators from the US and European Union have reached the brink of an agreement that could restart stalled world trade talks, according to people familiar with the discussions.”

The article added that, “The proposed outline of an agreement between the world’s two largest trading blocs includes politically explosive concessions that are already causing rifts in Europe and alarm in the US farm lobby.

“The fragile deal that is starting to emerge has yet to be finalised and comes amid tremendous uncertainty about whether negotiators can get the political backing to achieve a breakthrough in the Doha round of trade talks.”