On Friday, December 13, the White House announced that it reached a phase one deal with China—the most notable step, thus far, toward resolving the nearly two-year trade conflict that has significantly harmed the agriculture industry. While full details and numbers are expected to be released soon, the general overview is that the deal addresses agriculture, intellectual property, technology, financial services and enforcement measures. 

Tracey Chow

Starting this month, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be reaching out to U.S. organic producers for its five-year update on the organic industry. This update is arguably the most comprehensive source of data on organic farming in the United States, with both governmental and non-governmental decision-making being heavily influenced by its findings and analyses. The most recent survey was conducted in 2015.

Tracey Chow

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