China's Impact on USMCA

China's Impact on USMCA

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
With today's Fruit Grower Report, I'm Bob Larson. With all the talk about the trade war with China, has U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement been pushed to the background?

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley recently suggested a vote on USMCA might not happen until next year, possibly even after the 2020 Presidential election.

But U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse says the USMCA is too important for that kind of delay ...

NEWHOUSE ... "I hope that's not the case. I hope we can do it sooner. To go without an agreement between two of our biggest trading partners, I just think that there's too much at stake here to allow this to go on for an extended period of time."

Afterall, Newhouse says there are obvious signs progress is being made ...

NEWHOUSE ... "I think that because of the actions by the Mexican government and, like I said, the negotiations surrounding the steel and aluminum tariffs, I think we can walk and chew gum at the same time. If the negotiators are focused on China a lot of the other things, we need to work on are right here in Congress and that we should be able to accomplish the USMCA regardless of how busy they are with China."

And, he says they're not mutually exclusive ...

NEWHOUSE ... "And, I would hope that the success for one would help the success of the other, but we'll see."

Newhouse remains optimistic ...

NEWHOUSE ... "I'm seeing things happen that should allow a positive vote on the USMCA sometime soon, but I'm encouraging the Speaker to bring that up as soon as possible."

Some Republicans are aiming for passage before Congress' August recess to avoid potential budget clashes in the fall.


BL: Welcome back to another "Fruit Bites" brought to you by Valent U.S.A. With us once again is Valent's Allison Walston. So, this week Allison, let's talk about the "soil your undies" challenge down in Oregon ...

AW: Yes, the "soil your undies" challenge helps growers and farmers have a fun way to evaluate the health of their soils. Simply by burying some large, 100% cotton undies in or near your field, dig them up at least 60 days later and it can tell you a lot about your soil microbe population.

BL: So, who is doing this challenge?

AW: the concept is by Oregon's National Resources Conservation Service in Morrow county and now female farmers in Marion county, Oregon are continuing the challenge.

BL: So, anyone can join by submitting before & after pictures and farm info to any local NRCS office ...

AW: The more deteriorated the undies the healthier the soil. They also have recommendations on how to achieve better soils. After burying, just be sure to mark the spot so you can find them later.

BL: Thanks Allison. Join us again next time for Fruit Bites, brought to you by Valent. Until then, I'm Bob Larson.

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