Washington Wrap-Up

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USDA gets a makeover, EPA announced an extension for a pesticide applicator rule, and U.S. beef will land in China for the first time in 14 years. Here’s the review:

  • USDA Secretary Perdue released a plan to reorganize international trade and other functions at USDA, which will include the creation of an Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs (TFAA).
  • Robert Lighthizer was confirmed as U.S. Trade Representative in a 82-14 vote.
  • EPA announced a 12-month extension for the implementation of the final Certification and Training of Pesticide Applicators rule, following a request to extend by NASDA.
  • U.S. beef imports are expected to arrive in China no later than July 16, following a 14 year ban.

Written by Lacie Dotterweich