EU Trade Deals; AFBF Supports SCOTUS on WOTUS
**With U.S. Ag groups watching from the sidelines, the European Union is securing new and expanded trade markets in Asia, South America and North America.
As reported in Agri-Pulse, the EU’s David O’Sullivan says “If we complete all these deals, we will be at the center of the largest free trade network the world has seen by 2019.”
O’Sullivan touts several impressive EU accomplishments including an ambitious trade deal with Canada that’s taking effect now.
**The American Farm Bureau Federation supports the Supreme Court’s ruling that federal district courts, not federal courts of appeals, have jurisdiction to hear challenges to the Waters of the U.S. rule.
Farm Bureau General Counsel, Ellen Steen says this decision brings greater clarity to an important issue that’s bogged down litigation over this and other regulations, but it also creates uncertainty as the Sixth Circuit must lift its nationwide stay of the 2015 rule.
She says the EPA has not yet finalized its proposed rule to delay the unlawful and dangerous WOTUS rule while considering whether to repeal it.
**The 2018 Alltech Global Feed Survey estimates international feed tonnage has exceeded 1 billion metric tons for the second straight year, with a total of 1.07 billion metric tons in 2017.
According to Agwired.com, the growth was strong at 2.57 percent over the previous year. The feed industry, valued at $430 billion, has seen 13 percent growth over the past five years.