February 25, 2020

Trade Developments

I. Canada Corn Action
II. Doha
III. Farm Bill Points

I. Canada Corn Action

Yesterday afternoon, The Mulch Blog pointed to a news release from Canada, which stated that, “The Honourable David Emerson, Minister of International Trade, and the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, today announced that the Government of Canada has requested consultations with the United States at the World Trade Organization (WTO) on subsidies provided to U.S. corn growers, as well as on the total level of U.S. trade-distorting agricultural support.”

The release added that, “‘The United States has been providing subsidies to its agricultural producers that create unfair market advantages,’ said Minister Emerson. ‘We hope to see the U.S. live up to its WTO obligations, particularly given that it has the opportunity to do so when it rewrites its Farm Bill this year.’

“‘Canada is concerned that these U.S. subsidies continue to cause economic harm to our corn farmers,’ said Minister Strahl. ‘That’s why we took the action we did, in order to provide the best possible support for our producers by pushing for a level playing field so that they can compete.’”


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