August 17, 2019

Gutierrez: Other countries need to do more in response to U.S. offers in Doha talks

Chris Clayton, writing yesterday at the DTN Ag Policy Blog, reported that, “There is a lot of talk in Washington about the stalemate on the Senate Agriculture Committee and the chances that the Senate could just take the House farm bill directly to the Senate floor for debate…Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., raised the possibility in late August at a forum in his home state. The Senate would take the House bill straight to the floor then hammer out certain issues either on the floor or in conference later.”

I. Doha- WTO
II. Farm Bill
III. Biofuels- Commodity Prices

I. Doha- WTO

Reuters writer Missy Ryan reported on Saturday that, “Negotiators are making slow progress in Doha round trade talks this month, but it’s too soon to know if they can cobble together an agreement, the top U.S. trade official said on Friday, putting much of the onus on emerging market nations to push the talks toward a conclusion.

“‘It really is too early to tell how it’s going to play out,’ U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab told Reuters in an interview. The central question, Schwab said, is whether ‘the handful of naysayers’ will be ‘determined to kill the Doha round’ by rejecting proposals on industrial trade.”