USDA Expands Beef and Pork Trade with Mexico and Peru

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News USDA Expands Beef and Pork Trade with Mexico and Peru USDA Expands Beef and Pork Trade with Mexico and Peru Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recently reached agreements allowing U.S. beef and pork producers greater access to consumers in Mexico and Peru. The two agreements announced Friday will allow U.S. producers to export slaughter cattle to Mexico and expand access to consumer markets in Peru for U.S. fresh and chilled pork. The Secretary made the announcements during a meeting with producers in Des Moines, Iowa.“Our priority at USDA is not only to open or reopen markets for our producers, but to help drive U.S. economic growth through trade by supporting and creating American jobs on and off the farm,” said Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. “Mexico is an important market for U.S. cattle producers, with the potential to import $15 million of live U.S. cattle per year and we expect Peru’s market could generate $5 million annually in additional pork sales.”The United States and Mexico reached an agreement that takes effect immediately and will allow U.S. producers to export slaughter cattle to Mexico for the first time in over a decade. The USDA has been working with Mexico since 2008 to reopen this market and the final agreement was reached between USDA Under Secretary Ed Avalos and Enrique Sanchez-Cruz with SAGARPA during meetings this week in Washington, DC. Exporters and producers can find the required documents on the APHIS website or through their local Veterinary Services office.Similarly, USDA has conducted extensive negotiations with Peru’s Servicio National De Sanidad Agraria (SENASA) since 2012 to expand access for U.S. fresh, chilled pork and pork products. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service export library will be updated to the new export requirements for these pork and pork products exports.“More than one million people go to work every day thanks to exports of American-grown products. Expanded U.S. agricultural exports mean more new jobs, but our farmers and ranchers will miss out on new markets for American products if Congress doesn’t act on Trade Promotion Authority early this year and if we don’t continue to build support for a Trans-Pacific Partnership with Asian nations.”USDA continues its push to eliminate all remaining trade barriers to U.S. cattle and cattle products stemming from past detections of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service continues to work with its trading partners to ensure any unnecessary requirements for U.S. origin beef are eliminated. The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) considers the United States’ to have negligible risk for BSE. This is OIE’s lowest risk category for this disease.The U.S. Department of Agriculture continuously seeks opportunities for U.S. agricultural products and producers to expand access to overseas markets and contribute to a positive U.S. trade balance, to create jobs and to support economic growth. The past six years have represented the strongest period for American agricultural exports in the history of our country. In fiscal year 2014 American farmers and ranchers exported a record $152.5 billion of food and agricultural products to consumers worldwide.Source: USDA By Andy Eubank – Apr 12, 2015 SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleASA Welcomes News of Pending RFS Volume Numbers from EPANext articleThe Dietary Guilt Trip Andy Eubank SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

PREMIUMNew BNPT chief faces tough challenge of ending deradicalization behind bars

first_imgForgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook The new National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) chief is facing tough challenges to step up campaigns against violent extremism and the spread of radicalism behind bars.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated last week police Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar as the new BNPT head replacing fellow police officer Comr. Gen. Suhardi Alius, who had led the BNPT since 2016.Terrorism expert Noor Huda Ismail said deradicalization efforts in overcrowded prisons across the country, which had become fertile ground for terrorists to recruit and learn from each other, should be Boy’s main focus in curbing the spread of terrorism.“In prisons, the BNPT should join hands with prison guards, who interact with them [the terror convicts] on a daily basis. The BNPT should build the capacity of these [guards to provide counternarratives],” Noor said. “The BNPT should c… BNPT-chief bnpt #BNPT deradicalization #Deradicalization terrorism #Terrorism inmates #prison Linkedin Google Topics : Log in with your social accountlast_img read more

Ontario to create safe zones around abortion clinics homes of those who

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario will create safe zones around abortion clinics to protect women who seek their services and the health-care workers who perform them, Attorney General Yasir Naqvi said Wednesday.Naqvi said the zones, which will extend 50 to 150 metres around Ontario’s eight abortion clinics, are designed to protect women who choose to access the services. The zones are spaces where advising a person to refrain from getting an abortion, anti-abortion protests and intimidation or interfering with a woman’s ability to access the services will be banned, he said.The ban will also automatically apply to 150 metres around the homes of abortion staff and health professionals who provide the services. Anyone who violates the safe zones would faces up to $5,000 in fines and six months in jail for a first offence. For a second or subsequent offence, fines range from $1,000 to $10,000 and up to a year in jail.Naqvi introduced the legislation to create the zones Wednesday.“Our government firmly believes that the choice to access abortion services is a deeply personal one,” Naqvi said. “Patients have the right to access abortion services safely and securely with their privacy maintained, free from any intimidation or interference.”Naqvi said over the past several months, the government has heard reports that anti-abortion protests have increased across province. In Ottawa, staff at the Morgentaler clinic and police have reported escalated protests which have prevented women from accessing the clinic.Those activities can’t jeopardize the safety and privacy of patients and workers, Naqvi said.“While I strongly support everyone’s fundamental right to freedom of expression, our laws must balance that right with keeping people safe,” he said.Naqvi said the government began preparing the proposed legislation this summer after looking at similar laws in British Columbia, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador.Sarah Hobbs Blyth, executive director of Planned Parenthood Toronto, said the safety zones will help women access safe and legal abortion services.“The safe access zone bill protects choice no matter what comes of anti-abortion tactics now or in the future,” she said. “Health equity cannot be achieved within the four walls of a clinic alone. It begins first with getting to the clinic.”Anti-abortion group Campaign Life Coalition said the proposed bill tramples free speech protections entrenched in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.“Bubble zone legislation isn’t about protecting women and abortion staff workers from violence, because there is no evidence of such violence,” said Jim Hughes, National President of Campaign Life Coalition in a statement. “This is about silencing peaceful pro-life witnessing and preventing women from having access to alternatives.”Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown issued a statement before Naqvi made his announcement Wednesday, declaring that he is pro-choice but he also accused the government of wanting to re-open divisive social debates.“Kathleen Wynne has an agenda,” Brown said. “That agenda is to re-open debates about divisive social issues. No one wants this. I don’t want it. … Let me be very clear: I am pro-choice. That includes protecting women exercising their rights from intimidation or harassment.”Naqvi said the proposed law is about safety, not opening up a divisive social debate.“Let me be very clear, ensuring women’s safety is not a divisive issue,” he said. “It may be a divisive issue in the Conservative caucus but you can ask any of these advocates, unfortunately women are being harassed, are being threatened, are being intimidated, for merely exercising their right to get health care services.”last_img read more