With talks to renegotiate the NAFTA trade pact just weeks away, U.S. farm groups and lawmakers from rural states are intensifying lobbying of President Donald Trump's administration with one central message: leave farming out of it. Trump blames the North American Free Trade Agreement - the "worst trade deal ever" in his words - for millions of lost manufacturing jobs and promises to tilt it in America's favor. But for U.S. farmers the 23-year old pact secures access to stable, lucrative markets in Mexico and Canada that now account for over a quarter of U.S. farm exports. Now they fear this access could become a bargaining chip in efforts to get a better deal for U.S. manufacturers. "Perhaps some other sectors of our economy are given better terms and in exchange for that agriculture tariffs would be reintroduced," said Joe Schuele, a spokesman for the U.S. Meat Export Federation in Denver, Colorado. Another concern is that the mere uncertainty of open-ended trade talks … [Read more...] about U.S. farm lobby turns up heat on Trump team as NAFTA talks near
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The Hanoitimes - When coming to the Detrang Farm in Ba Vi district, Hanoi capital, visitors will participate in activities related to animals such as watching, feeding, milking, riding trailers, as well as some games, including blind man’s buff, goat herding, goat finding, animal drawing. Detrang Farm, the first pedagogical – working farm of its kind in Vietnam. Located 50 kilometers from Hanoi, boasting a lush green area of more than 12 hectares right at the foot of Ba Vi mountain, Detrang farm is the first pedagogical farm of its kind in Vietnam based on working farm’s model. Detrang Farm can make an opportunity for each visitor to relive the childhood memories as well as interaction with nature, enhancing environment awareness, promoting soft skills, tightening social bonds through fun andeducational agricultural related activities. Detrang Farm owns beautiful natural scenery with lush rice fields, forests and lush green lake. Detrang Farm is pedagogical farm … [Read more...] about Interesting experience at Detrang (White Goat) Farm
The US Senate on February 4 gave final congressional approval to a five-year farm bill that is feared to hinder Vietnamese exports of tra and basa fish (scientifically named Pangasius). Under the provision, the inspection of catfish, including Vietnamese tra and basa fish, will be moved out of the remit of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and into the Department of Agriculture. Accordingly, it is a must for Vietnamese catfish exported to the US market to fulfill all requirements set for local products from production to packaging and exporting. However, Senator John McCain called the provision, which was proposed by the US Catfish Association and southern lawmakers, a trade barrier that aims to protect the interests of US catfish breeders. Along with catfish, the bill also requires beef, lamb and poultry producers, among others, to stamp their products with the country of origin. The Congressional Budget Office says the 956 billion USD legislation will save 16.6 billion USD … [Read more...] about Bản in : US farm bill causes difficulties for Vietnamese Pangasius
VietNamNet Bridge – It is estimated that there are only 500 white horses in Vietnam, living mostly in the northern mountainous provinces like Lang Son, Thai Nguyen, Bac Kan and Son La. The small number of white horses has been decreasing rapidly. White horse trading - profitable business Duong Quang Bach, a horse breeder in Duong Thanh Commune or Phu Binh district in Thai Nguyen Province, said that in 2009, he purchased two young white horses at 40 million dong. After eight months of feeding up, he sold the horses at 70 million dong. Having realized that breeding white horses is a profitable business, a lot of households in the commune decided to borrow money from banks to breed white horses. At first, there was only one household breeding horses in the commune, while the number has soared to 60 with 130 horses are being bred. Especially, a white horse breeding cooperative was established in March 2011 which aims to preserve the white horse gene, increase the quantity and … [Read more...] about Who can rescue the white horses?
Many people said Tran Van Khoa in Hoi An City in the central province of Quang Nam was reckless when he took foreigners to work in rice fields. However, taking risk led him to success. Khoa said that when he guided foreign tourists, a tourist asked Khoa that he wanted to catch fish with local fishermen. From that suggestion, in 2005 Khoa established a travel company which offered fishing tours at first and then farming tours. Peter Rider, an English tourist, said he is also a farmer but he plants potato, not rice like in Vietnam. He felt excited when he joined such tour. Khoa told Tien Phong newspaper about his special experience when he served a diplomatic delegation from the Republic of Finland three years ago. In the visit to Hoi An, President Tarja Halonen wanted to take a farming tour. Khoa had to guide her cutting grass, watering vegetables and working in rice field. Tarja Halonen was quite impressed. “This visit helps me deeply understand Vietnam, its people, … [Read more...] about Tough farming jobs excite expatriates