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Agricultural exports account for $546 million in economic impact

SUSTA News

Big Picture: July 2020

We’re half-way through 2020, are already deep into planning our strategy for 2021 and have our 2019 program results.



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Leger National - Weekly Pandemic Tracker

This report gauges Canadians’ and Americans’ response to COVID-19. Survey questions include respondents’ intentions to buy from their own country of origin.


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Update on Brexit

Hear from Phaff Export Marketing, SUSTA's consultants based in The Netherlands, about the latest updates on Brexit.



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Big Picture: June 2020

SUSTA's consultants share updates on key markets.


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USDA and USTR Announce Progress on Implementation of U.S.-China Phase One Agreement

“China is a market of tremendous potential for U.S. agriculture and these actions will help U.S. exporters expand their sales there."


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Big Picture Report: May 2020

The COVID19 situation is forcing us all to adapt and to be a little more creative.


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Monitoring COVID19

SUSTA is keeping a close eye on coronavirus and industry updates. 


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Big Picture April 2020

We fully appreciate the pressures and difficulties of navigating your small business through this situation.


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Secretary Perdue Comes to you via Podcast

Listen to the Sonnyside of the Farm podcast and stay informed!


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USDA Trade Missions Highlight Markets to Watch

The USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has scheduled an itinerary of seven agency sponsored trade missions this year.


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Implementation of U.S.-China Phase One Agreement

USDA and USTR Announce Progress on Implementation of U.S.-China Phase One Agreement.


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Big Picture: February 2020

Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the Chesapeake Bay, the SUSTA region is home to some of top fish and seafood producing states in the country.


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TASTE U.S. PANTRY

Get feedback from Canadian consumers about your product! The U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service is offering a free sampling program at the National Women’s Show in Montreal.


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Big Picture: January 2020

The beginning of a new year is always a good time to reflect on where you find yourself and what lies ahead. That is particularly so at the dawn of a new decade.


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Big Picture: December 2019

As 2019 winds to a close, we are working hard with our member States and companies to plan a successful 2020. We urge you to do the same and to take advantage of SUSTA’s


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Big Picture: November 2019

SUSTA is wrapping its 2019 program year, and it sure has been a busy one. Through our Global Events program, we organized more than 40 events



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Big Picture: October 2019

The U.S. and Japan have completed and signed a new two-way trade agreement that will go into effect on January 1, 2020.



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InSight Newsletter Fall 2019

SUSTA's Quarterly Insight Newsletter is mailed to subscribers.


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Big Picture: September 2019

Good news! Through the first half of the year, SUSTA companies have been booking some impressive sales as reported in their initial activity surveys.



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Big Picture: August 2019

China has always been a major market for SUSTA. Last year, even with the tariffs in place for most of the year



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Big Picture: July 2019

It’s hard to believe that the first half of 2019 is already in the books; looking back, the past six months have been a very productive time for SUSTA.



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InSight Newsletter Summer 2019

SUSTA's Quarterly Insight Newsletter is mailed to subscribers.



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Big Picture: June 2019

In 2019, the USDA’s Market Access Program (MAP), administered by FAS, provided approximately $200 million to farmers, ranchers, and small businesses



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Scandinavia Webinar

Learn about the Scandinavian market and hear important updates on Brexit during this 35 minute recorded webinar.


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Big Picture: May 2019

One of the top performing, and the fastest growing, categories of SUSTA product exports is specialty crops – including everything from fresh produce to tree nuts and groundnuts.



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Big Picture: April 2019

In preparing our approach to effectively allocating recently awarded Agricultural Trade Promotion funds, SUSTA’s team re-evaluated a diverse series of global markets



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InSight Newsletter Spring 2019

SUSTA's Quarterly Insight Newsletter is mailed to subscribers.


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Big Picture: March 2019

USDA just held its 95th Agricultural Outlook Forum late last month; the Forum is one of the biggest gatherings of the global food and agricultural industries each year.



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Big Picture: February 2019

On January 31, 2019, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) had awarded $200 million to 57 U.S. agri-food 


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USDA Awards Agricultural Trade Promotion Program Funding

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the USDA awarded $200 million to 57 organizations through the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program.


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Big Picture: January 2019

2018 was a very interesting and exciting year for the Southern U.S. Trade Association (SUSTA). In addition to navigating a series of global trade challenges,


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Maryland Department of Agriculture to Host Foreign Markets Seminar

The Maryland Dept of Ag and SUSTA to host a seminar with experts from Canada, China, the EU and India on Nov. 27.



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Insight Newsletter, Autumn 2018

SUSTA's Quarterly Insight Newsletter is mailed to subscribers. 


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Louisiana Ag Commissioner Mike Strain Elected to SUSTA's Executive Board

Louisiana Dept of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., will serve as past president. 


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U.S. Ag Exports Through First Half Of 2018 Show Impact of Tariffs

A look at bulk commodities versus consumer-oriented exports to China in the first half of 2018.


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Texas Ag Commissioner Sid Miller Elected Head of Southern U.S. Trade Promotion Organization

Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Sid Miller was elected the president of SUSTA at the organization’s annual board of directors’ meeting this week.


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Commissioner Andy Gipson Elected Vice President of Southern U.S. Trade Promotion Organization

Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson was elected vice president of SUSTA at the organization’s annual board of directors’ meeting this week.


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Canada Includes Ag Products in Response to U.S. Tariffs

Canada announced its intention to impose countermeasures against products from the United States, including agricultural exports.


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USDA and USTR Finalize Access for U.S. Pork Exports to Argentina

The government of Argentina has finalized technical requirements that will allow U.S. pork to be imported into Argentina.


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SUSTA Congratulates Board President Cindy Hyde-Smith on Senate Appointment

SUSTA would like to congratulate the President of their Board of Directors, Cindy Hyde-Smith, on her appointment to the U.S. Senate.


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NAFTA Renegotiation Meetings

There will be a series of SBA outreach meetings on the impact of a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on small businesses.


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Study Shows Foreign Competitors Increase Investments in Developing Ag Exports While U.S. Lags Behind

The latest analysis of foreign export promotion program investment shows major competitors outspending the United States 4 to 1.


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USDA Launches MARS, Delivering Market Data to Agricultural Producers Around the Globe Faster and Easier

The MARS project applies the best data management practices to make that data available when and where farmers, packers and processors need it.


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Expanding U.S. Commodity Markets Top Priority for USDA’s Agricultural Market Service

The USDA and AMS today announced the agency facilitated the export of more than $3.8 billion of American produced agricultural products in Fiscal Year 2017


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USDA’s Baseline Projections

Every February the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) releases its 10-year baseline projections for agriculture,


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U.S. Farm Exports Hit 3rd Highest Level on Record

U.S. agricultural exports totaled $140.5 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2017


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The Influence of Income and Prices on Global Dietary Patterns by Country, Age, and Gender

ERS recently published estimates of income and price elasticities,


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Farm Exports Surge in FY 2017

Ag exports from the U.S. are expected to be the third highest on record.


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USDA Trade Mission to Expand Export Opportunities for U.S. Agriculture in Brazil

USDA trade mission to Brazil with leaders from U.S. agribusinesses and trade organizations will explore opportunities to expand agricultural exports and business in that market.


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Japan Expands Market Access for U.S. Chipping Potatoes

Beginning with the 2018 season, Idaho will again be among the U.S. states eligible to ship chipping potatoes to Japan.


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U.S. Seafood Companies Hook Record-Breaking Sales in Belgium

Seafood Expo Global (SEG) in Belgium recorded their largest catch on record with projected 12-month sales of $895 million and on-sites sales of $136 million.


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USDA, USTR Announce that Vietnam Reopens Market to U.S. DDGS Exports

The government of Vietnam notified the U.S. that it will resume imports of American distillers dried grains (DDGS) which were suspended in December 2016.


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An Update from USAEDC – SUSTA Continues to Work for You

U.S. export cooperator groups gather, learn about USDA efforts on trade and share best practices with each other.


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U.S., China ink historic milled rice import agreement that could provide big opportunity for Louisiana mills, farmers

A historic trade agreement with China will allow exports of milled rice from the United States, providing a big opportunity for Louisiana rice mills.


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Press Release: Mississippi Specialty Food Company Wins Award During Trade Show

Several Mississippi specialty food companies recently exhibited their products at the 2017 Summer Fancy Food Show, where one of the companies brought home...


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Chinese Beef Buyers Race to Get Hands on American Steak

Chinese meat importers are racing to get their hands on the first shipments of beef from the United States in 14 years


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Looking Back and Moving Forward – SUSTA’s 2016 Program Year Recap

Following the late-spring completion of concluding activity surveys for Global Events and year-end 50% CostShare surveys, SUSTA’s team carefully compiles and analyzes ...


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USDA Reorganizes to Emphasize the Importance of Trade to U.S. Agriculture

For most agriculture commodities it is the processor and manufacturer who bring them to the consumer


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Using Data to Support SUSTA’s Services to Small Businesses

In 2017, the USDA’s Market Access Program (MAP), provided approximately $200 million to organizations representing farmers, ranchers, and small businesses engaged in exporting


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NAFTA Renegotiation – Spirits

One  area the U.S. is seeking to “tweak” in the NAFTA agreement is the barriers to U.S. wine, beer and spirited beverages.


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Honey: A Sweet Topic with New Data this Spring

NASS collects and reports annual data for honey bee colonies; survey data was recently expanded for more robust reports.


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Import Logistics in China – Beyond Infrastructure

Exporting agricultural products to China is a significant undertaking, yet the market’s many positive demand indicators are enticing.


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Trump picks Perdue for agriculture secretary, ending historically long search

President-elect Trump will nominate for agriculture secretary former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, a longtime rural agribusinessman.


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A Positive Global Trade Balance for Agriculture

Given the value of farm exports and farm imports, the 2016 agricultural trade surplus is expected to be at least $24 billion.


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Bird flu-plagued South Korea agrees to buy US eggs

South Korea is in the throes of a bird flu outbreak and for the first time has asked the United States to ship it shell eggs.



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The Importance of Having an Export Plan

Exporting is a great way to build your business, but getting your product on the shelf of a foreign retailer has unique challenges of its own.


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U.S. Sweet Potato Production Swells

Sweet potato production has increased substantially in recent years, achieving a record-high production in 2015


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U.S. scrambles to clear egg exports to bird flu-hit Korea

U.S. officials are seeking an agreement with South Korea to allow American egg imports; the need stems from the Asian country's worst-ever outbreak of bird flu.


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