Trade progress with NAFTA

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest President Donald Trump announced in August that the U.S. and Mexico have reached a deal on terms to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), putting pressure on Canada to reach agreement with the two nations jointly or through separate bilateral agreements.“The agreement specifically addresses agricultural biotechnology to keep up with 21st Century innovations. And we mutually pledge to work together with Mexico to reduce trade-distorting policies, increase transparency, and ensure non-discriminatory treatment in grading of agricultural products,” said Sonny Perdue, USDA Secretary. “This is nothing short of a great victory for farmers and ranchers, because locking in our access to Mexican markets is critical to supporting farm income and strengthening rural communities. Mexico has historically been a great customer and partner and we are happy to have this resolved for our agricultural producers.“We now hope that Canada will see the need to settle all of the outstanding issues between our two nations as well, and restore us to a true North American Free Trade Agreement.”The news of the progress was well received by the agricultural community.“This is the kind of trade news we have been waiting for. In a time when the U.S. economy is booming our farmers have been left behind. Open markets and good trade agreements will give American agriculture the opportunity to be a part of this booming economy. So we encourage the Administration to keep moving forward with Canada to address their anticompetitive milk pricing provisions. We need negotiators to convince Canadian officials that they, too, will benefit from a revised treaty. We are hopeful that the value of a continued and improved NAFTA for all will bring everyone back to the negotiating table,” said Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. “Based on the gains both sides have seen with NAFTA, we expect this new ‘U.S.-Mexico Preliminary Agreement in Principle’ to build on that success for our farmers and ranchers. No trade deal is perfect, however. There is room for improvement, especially in provisions that affect U.S. fruit and vegetable growers, and we will continue to call for a resolution to those issues and a final deal that works for all of agriculture.”The National Farmers Union (NFU) also supports the administration’s stated intent to renegotiate NAFTA and fix the systemic issues that disadvantage family farmers and rural communities. NFU believes the nation’s trade deficit and lost sovereignty are a result of a “free trade” agreement framework that began with NAFTA in 1994 and has replicated in U.S. trade deals over the past 25 years.“Today’s movement on NAFTA renegotiations is a positive step towards putting in place a trade deal that rewrites the current rules of international trade to put family farmers and ranchers on an even playing field with multinational corporations,” said Rob Larew, NFU Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Communications. “While this is an important step, there is still much work to be done on the part of U.S. negotiators to secure balanced trade and renewed sovereignty for American agriculture. Farmers Union urges the administration to work tactfully with our Mexican and Canadian trading partners to institute a new, fair trade NAFTA.”last_img read more

This startup lets you use your smartphone to reduce 3D printing costs

first_imgTags:#3d printing#smart clothing#wearables#Wiivv Wearables Related Posts David Curry Online clothes shopping has surged in the past few years, as consumers become more confident buying before trying. However, everyone has had one bad experience with size, length or fit and had to return or live with the mistake.Wiivv Wearables wants to make the fear of a wrong size a thing of the past, by combining a 3D printer scanner with a smartphone. The measurements are then sent to the cloud, manufactured on a 3D printer, and sent to the customer.See Also: GE spends billions to print 3D piles of IIoT moneyThe Vancouver-based startup only sells insoles at the moment, but the team is interested in expanding to fashion and sportswear in the future.Cuts costs from $300 to $753D printing reduces the costs of insoles by nearly half, from $300-600 at an orthotics to $75 from the app. Wiivv also claims that the scanner is more accurate than an orthotics, so the insole may provide even more comfort to the customer.The system only requires five photos of the foot at different positions to build an accurate model. We could see the same functionality being applied to the waist, chest, or legs to obtain accurate body measurements in a few minutes, though jackets and jeans may require more data than an insole.3D printing has not democratized manufacturing in the way some would have liked, 3D printers are still too expensive for most people and too complex for beginners. Wiivv could be a nice midway point for manufacturing, allowing customers to customize their clothes to fit and look exactly how they want, and get them shipped at a reasonable price. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

Hero launches sporty ‘Ignitor’ in two variants

first_imgTwo-wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp Ltd has recently launched its sporty motorcycle ‘Ignitor’at 15 dealerships across Karnataka. The bike is priced at Rs 56,747 (base variant ex-showroom Bangalore), the company said in a statement.The Hero Ignitor is offered in two variants, with the base variant getting front drum brake and the top variant getting front disc brake, it said.Ignitor is available in four exciting colours, Panther Black, Sports Red, Pearl White, & Vibrant Blue, the company said.The other features of Ignitor are: digital analog combo meter console, stylish split seat, classy cowl, striking trapezoidal headlight, dazzling tail light, adjustable rear shock-absorbers, body-coloured rear grip and dual tone rear view mirrors. The Ignitor is powered by a 125cc Ecno-Power with low friction technology engine that delivers 11 bhp of power at 8000rpm, promising both fuel economy along with a good power and pick up, the company said.”We aim to bolster our presence in the growing deluxe segment. It combines sturdiness and superior technology,” said Ani Dua, senior Vice-President (Marketing and Sales), Hero Moto Corp.With PTI inputslast_img read more