We have seen progress made on the trade front. While China remains at odds with the U.S., agreements are being reached with Japan, Korea, Mexico, and Canada. But will the European Union (EU) talk to the U.S. about Ag trade? U.S. Chief Negotiator Gregg Doud believes so.
Earlier this year, the United States and the European Union laid the framework for talks on trade. However, the EU made it clear they would not negotiate on agriculture. Gregg Doud says that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is ready to engage the EU on a broad range of trade topics, including agriculture.
Doud says Ag cannot be left out in the cold. With areas of disagreement such as the EU regulations on antibiotics in animals, Doud says it is critical we find common ground for trade.
The European Union is again saying talks with the United States are not meant to rekindle a chance at the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP). The EU states they are only wanting a more limited trade agreement.