The USDA’s Trade Promotion Program will provide $8.5 million to the Washington Apple Commission to grow export markets. The funds are to combat the impact from trade conflicts with foreign countries.
The fact that China is buying American-grown rice signals a slight thaw in relations in the trade war that has hit agriculture hard in the American heartland. If tariffs can be eliminated on other agricultural crops, that’s good news for horticulture too.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (F.A.O.) of the United Nations estimates that up to 40 per cent of global food crops, worth USD 220 billion in trade of agricultural products, is lost annually due to plant pests. The campaign for plant health rounds out a decade of attention to biodiversity.