USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service has updated the status of the following 2020 trade missions due to continued health concerns and travel restrictions related to the global COVID-19 pandemic:
- Australia and New Zealand, scheduled for October 12–16 (postponed)
- Peru, scheduled for November 2–5 (canceled)
Expointer 2020, an agricultural trade show traditionally held at the end of August in Esteio, Brazil, is now scheduled for September 26 through October 4, 2020, because of the coronavirus pandemic. This year Expointer is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Assis Brazil State Park in Esteio, and USLGE will be hosting a joint reception with FAS Brazil. For more information [in Portugese], visit expointer.rs.gov.br.
EuroTier 2020, which was scheduled to take place at the exhibition grounds in Hanover, Germany, on November 17–20, 2020, has been postponed to February 9–12, 2021, because the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause international uncertainty. The decision to postpone EuroTier was taken in close coordination with the trade fair's expert advisory board. Up-to-date information on EuroTier 2021 can be found at eurotier.com/en.
USDA’S Foreign Agricultural Service is postponing its September trade mission to the United Kingdom. The U.S. Department of State is advising all U.S. citizens to avoid international travel because of the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In accordance with that advisory and in consideration of the health and safety of all participants, the trade mission will be rescheduled to a later date.
Farm Aid, in partnership with Great Lakes area organizations, is awarding $500 emergency relief grants to help farmers meet household expenses. Online application opens June 6 at surveymonkey.com/r/FarmAidCOVIDGreatLakes. Approval is based on the applicant qualifying as a family farm and demonstrating economic loss.
On May 19, 2020, the Philippines formally granted market access to U.S. bovine embryos, leveling the playing field for U.S. exporters vis-à-vis the competition in Australia and Canada. Post-estimate sales of U.S. bovine embryos could reach $400,000 in the next 12 months, with more potential over the following 2–3 years due to new Philippine government initiatives to develop beef and dairy sectors.
USDA’S Foreign Agricultural Service is postponing its June trade mission to Spain and Portugal. The U.S. Department of State is advising all U.S. citizens to avoid international travel because of the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In accordance with that advisory and in consideration of the health and safety of all participants, the trade mission will be rescheduled to a later date.
Due to the global coronavirus situation, USDA’S Foreign Agricultural Service is postponing its scheduled April 20-23 trade mission to the Philippines. USDA hopes to reschedule the mission for later in 2020.
Given ongoing concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), USDA has postponed the North Africa Agribusiness Trade Mission scheduled for March 16-19 in Casablanca. The virus was detected in Morocco earlier this week and, in an attempt to prevent its spread, the Moroccan government has banned most public events, including conferences that include international participants. USDA's intention is to reschedule the trade mission for later in 2020.
A travel advisory has been issued not to travel to China because of a novel coronavirus. Chinese authorities have suspended air, road, and rail travel in the area around Wuhan and placed restrictions on travel and other activities throughout the country. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a warning for all of China.