The progress of the phase one trade deal between the U.S. and China was part of the discussion as USDA Under Secretary Ted McKinney met with Minnesota Farm Bureau members on Thursday. “We’ll know more on February 1, because then we’ll have the actual, accurate data on sales. I’m not horribly worried, because I like the trendline and we hope it can be sustained.” McKinney reminded farmers the phase one deal is a two-year agreement. “We want this to continue through December 31, 2021 and beyond. I am more optimistic that will happen, not Pollyanna-ish, because you never know with our friends in China. Right now, so far, so good and we must keep that going.” McKinney was also optimistic about negotiations with the United Kingdom and is closely watching the implementation of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
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