May 30 Agriculture Briefs

Thursday, May 30, 2019

EU rejects US demand that ag be part of trade talks

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top trade official insists that the agricultural sector cannot be included in negotiations on a new trade agreement with the United States, as the U.S. has demanded. After receiving the backing of EU ministers in Brussels Monday, Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom told reporters that "there is absolutely no possibility to include agriculture in these discussions." Malmstrom said the Europeans are ready to start negotiations on industrial tariffs with the U.S. but that "they seem not to be, yet. We have conflicting mandates there." The EU announced more than a month ago that it was ready to negotiate a trans-Atlantic deal focused exclusively on eliminating tariffs on industrial goods, but the U.S. wants talks to be broader.

Colorado is drought-free

DENVER (AP) — A heavy mountain snowpack has helped Colorado shake free of drought that covered much of the state just months ago. The Department of Agriculture’s latest update of drought conditions shows a fraction of 1% of the Colorado is still experiencing drought. In February, more than two-thirds of the state was experiencing drought. Mountain snowpack levels are high statewide and particularly in the southwest. As the snow melts, more water will be available for agriculture and for cities and towns to store in reservoirs.