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With the kick-off of the American Feed Industry Association’s new fiscal year comes new priorities within the legislative and regulatory areas as set by the association’s Board of Directors. These priorities set the course for our work advocating on behalf of the membership at the state, federal and international levels. Here is a brief overview of the categories we will focus on this year.
The American Feed Industry Association has expanded efforts into Vietnam - this has been many years in the making! Through the support of the Foreign Agricultural Service’s Market Access Program funds, we are now implementing market access and development programs for the U.S. animal food industry in the country. Our work in Vietnam focuses on improving the competitiveness of U.S. animal food products by educating and demonstrating the variety, efficacy, quality, viability, safety and sustainability of U.S. feed products.
Nearly 600 people worldwide are participating in the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods (CCCF) virtual meeting this week, including Leah Wilkinson, who is representing the feed industry through her role on the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) delegation, and myself, on the U.S. delegation. The most significant topic to the American Feed Industry Association is the potential for new work on radioactivity in food and feed (including drinking water) in non-emergency situations.
Goals. They are an important part of being successful in any job or project. I set goals in my job, personal life and for my physical fitness. My kids set them for the sports they play. Not only is it important to set goals, but also to share those goals with someone who can hold you accountable. Now, imagine you are the president of the United States. You set those goals, both long- and short-term goals, and you share them with the public – and the forces then start going to work – who are either with you or against you.
From the moment I started at the American Feed Industry Association, I have been consumed with all things China--the restrictions, barriers, questions, unknowns, complexities and just plain confusion of trying to get U.S. animal food products into that market.
We are excited to share new trade data on U.S. animal food industry exports for 2020. Of note, the overall export value for feed, feed ingredients and pet food increased by $874 million, or 7.2%, over 2019 and the total volume of exports of these products increased by 1.1 million metric tons, or 3.5%, during that time.
The United States is no stranger to Africa, having had a number of interests in the policies shaping the diverse continent over the years. Our interests have ranged from political – gleaning ways to prevent conflict and reduce political instability that can threaten U.S. national security – to humanitarian – combating the root causes of hunger and poverty, which also stands to benefit U.S. security and prosperity.
On July 1, the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) granted by Congress, giving the president authority to “fast-track” trade negotiations, is set to expire. TPA has been utilized during presidential administrations since 1974 and has only been authorized four times. Congress sets trade negotiating objectives and the president can use those objectives to negotiate trade deals. In addition, Congress cannot offer amendments to the negotiated deals and can only vote them up or down.
The United Nations is known for holding large meetings and frequently, we don’t feel the impact of what they do – but its latest Food Systems Summit is not one of those times.
Hang around the American Feed Industry Association international trade team long enough and you will hear “SPS issues,” “SPS barriers to trade” and “more commitment to SPS in trade negotiations” pretty frequently. Gina Tumbarello and I love throwing around the acronym “SPS!” Many of you may ask, “what does SPS mean and how can SPS issues or barriers affect AFIA members?” I look forward to a challenge, so here we go on a blog journey about SPS measures and why they matter to the feed industry.
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