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.
USDA will be sponsoring 7 agribusiness trade missions in 2020 to grow and diversify export opportunities around the world for America’s farmers and ranchers. Scheduled 2020 trade missions include North Africa (March), Philippines (April), Spain/Portugal (June), United Kingdom (September), Australia/New Zealand (October), Peru (November), and United Arab Emirates (November). USLGE members can view trade mission dates, deadlines, and descriptions through the calendar in the member portal.
Stakeholders can sign up to receive automatic notifications through the APHIS Stakeholder Registry. These notifications will alert subscribers that an update has been made to the export requirements for either live animals or animal products. The message will include a link that will take subscribers to the APHIS website to learn more about the specific change and the country it applies to.
USLGE is 1 of 45 organizations that are participating in a USDA Foreign Agricultural Service trade mission to Vietnam and is being represented by USLGE consultant Dr. Joseph Dalton (Professor, Extension Dairy Specialist, University of Idaho).
The delegation included Martin Sieber (President/CEO, USLGE) and Asmat Raza (Senior Agricultural Specialist, U.S. Embassy) and was led by Casey Bean (Agricultural Counselor, U.S. Embassy, Islamabad).
USLGE is 1 of 54 organizations that are participating in a USDA Foreign Agricultural Service trade mission to Colombia and will be represented by USLGE consultant Scott Jensen (Extension Educator, University of Idaho) and USLGE board member Billy Smith (Executive Director, American Paint Horse Association).