U.S. agriculture secretary defends TPP
Would provide a counterbalance to China’s growing influence in the region
TOKYO — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack defended a recently agreed-to 12-nation Pacific trade pact, saying the Trans-Pacific Partnership would provide a counterbalance to China’s growing influence in the region while ...
Trade deal might stir up your dinner
Chapter on food safety will bring other countries up to U.S. standards
WASHINGTON — When President Obama announced the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Thursday — and released them on Medium.com — there was a lot of talk about labor, the ...
Study calls for USDA reorganization
Panel concludes USDA needs a new under secretary focused on trade
WASHINGTON — The responsibilities of the U.S. Department of Agriculture have grown and evolved over time in response to changes in the agricultural sector. In order to respond to these ...
Trade deal could be a bonanza for Calif.
But fine print of Trans-Pacific Partnership needs to be scrutinized
SACRAMENTO — The mammoth Pacific trade deal should be thoroughly scrubbed for potential pitfalls – and it will be before Congress votes on it. But at first glance and on balance, ...