(December 6, 2017) Agricultural authorities in China are speeding up the phaseout of highly toxic pesticides, announcing Dec. 5 that another 10 pesticides will be eliminated by the end of 2022. China will ban the production and use of aldicarb, phorate, and isocarbophos by the end of 2018; ethoprop, omethoate, methyl isothiocyanate, and aluminium phosphide by the end of 2020; and chloropicrin, carbofuran, and methomyl by the end of 2022.
The U.S. is the world’s largest exporter of agricultural and food products, with exports now accounting for about 35 percent of the nation’s farm income, up from 28 percent in 1996. The value of ag exports has increased from $46.2 billion in 1994 to $134.9 billion in 2016. Read[…]Read More »
As U.S. trade representatives sit down with their Canadian and Mexican counterparts to renegotiate NAFTA, fruit and vegetable farmers in the Southeast have emerged as a staunch component of the anti-free-trade movement. That’s put them at odds with much of the U.S. agriculture industry, which has long been one of the biggest advocates—and[…]Read More »