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Washington State Legislation

The Washington State legislature website provides a list of committee meeting agendas and meeting times, as well as the option to search for specific bills. Bioenergy bills are most commonly introduced in the Energy, Environment, Transportation or Climate committees, although that can vary.

The U.S. Canola Association provides regular updates to national legislation impacting canola production, including the Farm Bill. The government affairs tab on the USCA website provides more details on the various lobbying efforts of the USCA.

Update from the USCA December 3, 2018:

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping’s met for dinner Saturday evening at the end of the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and reached a deal to cease adding additional trade tariffs while they continue negotiations. As a result, the planned increase from 10 to 25% in January is on hold while they try to reach a negotiated solution over the next 90 days on issues ranging from technology transfer, intellectual property protections.  China also agreed to start buying more American goods -including agriculture products – immediately.

Key Points:

  • On December 1, President Trump and President Xi met at the G-20 summit to discuss trade and reached a deal that would temporarily deescalate the current trade friction.
  • The United States agreed to not increase the tariffs on $200 billion in goods from 10 percent to 25 percent (which was set to occur on Jan 1), in exchange for a commitment from China to buy more agricultural, energy, industrial and other goods from the U.S.
  • No information is available yet that confirms which agriculture products are included in this deal.
  • The deal does not appear to address lifting the tariffs each country has levied thus far, and so current Chinese tariffs on US agriculture imports will likely be maintained.
  • After the initial tariff announcement on July 6, the Chinese government responded in kind, imposing retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods, including a 25 percent tariff on US soybeans and other agricultural imports.
  • The G-20 deal starts a 90-day clock for the two sides to reach agreement on an array of issues.
  • This is welcome news as it potentially sets a path forward for each country to find negotiated solution to its differences and lift the tariffs.
  • Farm groups have continually advocated for a comprehensive, long‐term solution to protect US farmers and markets from continued harm. This includes expanding market opportunities by passing the USMCA and actively pursuing new free trade agreements, among other actions.