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June 29, 2020
USDA-FAS 2020 trade mission updates

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)
June 18, 2020
Brazil's Expointer 2020 delayed 1 month

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.

 

June 17, 2020
EuroTier 2020 postponed

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.

June 05, 2020
USDA-FAS April 2020 agricultural trade mission to United Kingdom postponed

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.

May 30, 2020
Great Lakes Response – COVID-19 Farmer Resilience Initiative

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. 

May 22, 2020
U.S. bovine embryos gain market access to Philippines

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.

April 06, 2020
USDA-FAS April 2020 agricultural trade mission to Spain/Portugal postponed

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.

March 13, 2020
USDA-FAS April 2020 agricultural trade mission to the Philippines postponed

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.

March 06, 2020
USDA-FAS March 2020 agricultural trade mission to North Africa postponed

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.

February 02, 2020
China travel alert

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.