Ag News: Romaine Frustration
**Romain lettuce growers in California are asking, what the ‘Hail Caesar’ as frustrations continue over food safety and the salad staple.
Romaine has been under scrutiny since April after several reports of E. Coli outbreaks linked to Romaine grown in Arizona, causing five deaths and making nearly 200 people sick in 16 states.
Organic grower Marcos Perez tells freshplaza.com, “Romaine is really down on demand. And not surprisingly, prices have been affected as well.”
**Justin Trudeau’s defense of Canadian dairy tariffs isn’t just about farmers and politics, it’s about debt, too.
The prime minister’s squabble with President Trump is over Canada’s “supply management” system, which sets quotas for dairy, eggs and poultry and charges high tariffs above that threshold.
According to agweb.com, Canada’s protected dairy system caps production to avoid oversupply and maintain stable prices for farmers.
If Trudeau dismantled supply management, he’d erode a key asset in a sector to which his government is a key lender.
**President Trump will not relent in the brewing trade war with China that’s likely to result in even more tariffs and retaliation.
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro tells Agri-Pulse Trump wants two things from China: the first, an annual $200 billion reduction of China’s trade surplus with the U.S., and second, assurances China will stop appropriating U.S. intellectual property.
Navarro says “To be clear, President Trump has given China every chance to change its aggressive behavior."