California Farm Bureau Perfect Storm and USMCA Dispute Panel

California Farm Bureau Perfect Storm and USMCA Dispute Panel

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your Agribusiness Update.

**California Farm Bureau leaders met with members of Congress and key officials of the USDA and other agencies in Washington, D.C., last month.

The meetings took place as California agriculture faces severe challenges from drought and water shortages, surging fertilizer prices and supply chain disruptions stranding farm exports.

Farm Bureau President Jamie Johansson warned, “There’s a perfect storm brewing that could pretty traumatically affect our food supply.”

**The National Milk Producers Federation and U.S. Dairy Export Council applauded the Biden administration last week for its initiation of a second U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement dispute panel.

The panel focuses on Canada’s ongoing refusal to meet its USMCA dairy trade obligations.

The first USMCA dispute panel determined in January that Canada violated the agreement's dairy tariff-rate quota provisions.

On May 16, Canada published its final revised USMCA dairy TRQ approach, which failed to fix its USMCA-violating practices.

**Kendamil is in advanced discussions with the FDA to become the first international manufacturer to export significant quantities of infant formula to the U.S.

Kendamil is a brand of Kendal Nutricare, and is the only British-made infant formula.

Kendamil offers organic and conventional cow formulas, along with goat formula, which would be a first in the U.S.

Kendamil has been in discussions with the FDA for several weeks.

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