USDBC Presses for Immediate Ratification of USMCA

September 17, 2019

USDBC Presses for Immediate Ratification of USMCA – Read the Letter [PDF] September 13, 2019 Ambassador Robert Lighthizer U.S. Trade Representative 600 17th Street NW Washington, D.C. Dear Mr. Ambassador: I am writing on behalf of the US Dry Bean Council to ask you to find a way forward and ensure ratification of the U.S., […]

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TRADE MITIGATION PACKAGE PROVIDES NECESSARY SUPPORT TO US DRY BEAN INDUSTRY

May 23, 2019

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 23, 2019 Portland, OR U.S. dry bean growers and producers feeling the impact of ongoing global trade retaliation will soon feel relief with Secretary Perdue’s announcement of a new package of support to farmers. “While we remain hopeful that we can soon reach deals to resume trade flows, we […]

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Press Release – US Dry Bean Council Celebrates U.S., Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA)

October 2, 2018

Portland, OR Today the US Dry Bean Council (USDBC) is celebrating the successful tripartite agreement reached between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada that replaces NAFTA with the USMCA. Previously, USDBC thanked the administration for its work on achieving a trade deal with Mexico but noted concern that Canada was not part of this deal. “This […]

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Annual Marketing Strategy Submitted to USDA/FAS

June 20, 2017

USDBC has submitted its 2018 Unified Export Strategy (UES) to USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) requesting $2.2 million in export promotion funding. While we won’t have news regarding our actual funding levels for several months, there are new dynamics impacting our global outlook for the next year. One thing that hasn’t changed is the success […]

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Crop Forecasts Help Make Programming Decisions

June 20, 2017

One of USDBC’s programming goals in 2017 is to continue to improve our crop forecasting intelligence in competitor and principal export markets. This is a service we have always provided but with new challenges and opportunities in global trade, we are focused on improving this critical function. USDBC has just completed a crop survey in […]

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USDBC Launches New Central American Dry Bean Promotion Campaign

June 20, 2017

By: Ellen Levinson, USDBC International Representative Under a USDA Emerging Markets Program, USDBC is increasing the visibility of U.S. dry beans in DR-CAFTA countries. By 2020 those countries will have phased out tariffs on U.S. dry beans. USDBC has ramped up efforts to introduce consumers, retailers and food manufacturers to U.S. dry beans. Our strategy […]

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NAFTA Renegotiation Update

June 10, 2017

USDBC has submitted official commentary on the NAFTA renegotiation process to the office of the U.S. Trade Representative.  While our overall ask is to do no harm, as our industry has enjoyed both increased exports and income under NAFTA, we have made some minor suggestions that we believe will facilitate future trade with this top […]

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Jamaica/DR Trade Mission Solidifies Relationships with Trade

May 17, 2017

A USDBC trade team traveled to Jamaica and the Dominican Republic (DR) in mid March to meet with important buyers and investigate ongoing challenges and opportunities in these important Caribbean markets. Jamaica is the largest buyer of U.S. small red beans. In 2015/16, the U.S. exported 3,739 MT of dry beans to Jamaica and 82% […]

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Secretary Perdue Announces USDA Reorganization

May 17, 2017

Just a few weeks into his tenure, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced plans to reorganize the Executive level hierarchy of USDA. Most notable to the agricultural export community is the announced creation of an Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, in “recognition of the ever-increasing importance of international trade to American […]

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