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January 29, 2020 - 2:13pm
posted by Billie Owens in Business, agri-business, USMCA, O-AT-KA Milk, dairy, eggs, wine.

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement today (Jan. 29) after President Donald J. Trump signed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

“Today is a good day for American agriculture," Perdue said. "Throughout this process, there were many detractors who said it couldn’t be done. But this is further proof that President Trump’s trade negotiation strategy is working. This agreement shows the rest of the world the United States is open for business.

"USMCA is critical for America’s farmers and ranchers, who will now have even more market access to our neighbors to the north and the south. I am excited to see the economic benefits of this agreement increase the prosperity of all Americans, especially those living in rural America."

Background about the USMCA

It will advance United States agricultural interests in two of the most important markets for American farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses. This high-standard agreement builds upon our existing markets to expand United States food and agricultural exports and support food processing and rural jobs.

Canada and Mexico are our first and second largest export markets for United States food and agricultural products, totaling more than $39.7 billion food and agricultural exports in 2018. These exports support more than 325,000 American jobs.

All food and agricultural products that have zero tariffs under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will remain at zero tariffs. Since the original NAFTA did not eliminate all tariffs on agricultural trade between the United States and Canada, the USMCA will create new market access opportunities for United States exports to Canada of dairy, poultry, and eggs, and in exchange the United States will provide new access to Canada for some dairy, peanut, and a limited amount of sugar and sugar-containing products

Earlier this year, nearly 1,000 American food and agriculure associations and companies announced their support for USMCA and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture signed a letter to Congressional leadership urging them to ratify USMCA.*

In September, all former U.S. secretaries of Agriculture since President Reagan’s Administration announced support for USMCA. In a letter to Congessional leaders, former Secretaries John Block (Reagan), Mike Espy (Clinton), Dan Glickman (Clinton), Ann Veneman (W. Bush), Mike Johanns (W. Bush), Ed Shafer (W. Bush), and Tom Vilsack (Obama) underscored the importance of passing USMCA saying:

“We need a strong and reliable trade deal with our top two customers for U.S. agriculture products. USMCA will provide certainty in the North American market for the U.S. farm sector and rural economy. We strongly support ratification of USMCA.”

Key Provision: Increasing Dairy Market Access

  • America’s dairy farmers will have expanded market opportunities in Canada for a wide variety of dairy products. Canada agreed to eliminate the unfair Class 6 and Class 7 milk pricing programs that allowed their farmers to undersell U.S. producers.

Key Provision: Biotechnology

  • For the first time, the agreement specifically addresses agricultural biotechnology – including new technologies such as gene editing – to support innovation and reduce trade-distorting policies.

Key Provision: Geographical Indications

  • The agreement institutes a more rigorous process for establishing geographical indicators and lays out additional factors to be considered in determining whether a term is a common name.

Key Provision: Sanitary/Phytosanitary Measures

  • The three countries agree to strengthen disciplines for science-based measures that protect human, animal, and plant health while improving the flow of trade.

Key Provision: Poultry and Eggs

  • U.S. poultry producers will have expanded access to Canada for chicken, turkey, and eggs.

Key Provision: Wheat

  • Canada agrees to terminate its discriminatory wheat grading system, enabling U.S. growers to be more competitive.

Key Provision: Wine and Spirits

  • The three countries agree to avoid technical barriers to trade through non-discrimination and transparency regarding sale, distribution, labeling, and certification of wine and distilled spirits.

* Signatories included: Batavia-based O-AT-KA Milk Products Cooperative; Upstate Niagara Cooperative; New York Corn and Soybean Growers Association; New York Farm Bureau; New York Pork Producers Co-Op; and the New York Apple Association.

August 20, 2019 - 12:13pm
posted by Lisa Ace in celebration, wine, Beer, The Coffee Press, batavia.
Event Date and Time: 
August 29, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

The Celebration of Wine & Beer at The Coffee Press.

Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 8 PM
13 Jackson Street, Batavia.

Come celebrate with us on Thursday, August 29th from 5:30pm to 8pm!
There will be:

December 30, 2018 - 10:00am

Thank you for shopping with us! Have a blessed New Year! Love from Christine & Ben, Alisa, Val, Amanda, Jill, Margie, Stacy, Gretchen, Leslie, Pam and Bob! ~ The Yngodess Shop!

January 27, 2011 - 5:34pm
posted by Susan Brownell in library, wine, Wine Tasting.
Event Date and Time: 
February 5, 2011 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Red, White, & Read!

Come to the Wine Tasting Event to benefit the Bergen Library on Saturday, February 5th from 7pm-9pm at the home of Brett Wilcox; 8484 Bissell Road! 

Ticket are $25/Person and can be purchased at the Library on 13 South Lake Ave in Bergen.  There are also raffle tickets available for a Dell Latitude D610 laptop computer (donated by Sunnking Inc.), that will be drawn the evening of the event.

Valet parking will be available. 

June 25, 2010 - 12:34pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, events, wine, GoArt.
Event Date and Time: 
July 13, 2010 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Jonathan Oakes, viticulturalist at the Leonard Oakes Estate Winery, will visit GoArt!'s Seymour Place, at 201 E. Main St. in Batavia, on Tuesday, July 13, to talk about the art and science of winemaking. The event will last from 6 until 8 p.m. and costs $18 per GoArt! member and $20 per non-member.

Wine lovers will get to taste samples from the Oakes estate and enjoy a themed dinner to go along with the event.

May 24, 2009 - 5:53am
posted by Bea McManis in restaurants, ny, wine.

Did you ever try to order a NYS Wine in a local restaurant?

We spent good money to send a group out of state to tout local tourism and products, when the money might just as well been spent touting New York State wines to our local establishments.

California wines and foreign wines have their place, but shouldn't NY wines be right up there with the rest?

April 13, 2009 - 2:48pm
posted by Mike Weaver in Batavia Downs, festival, wine, Beer.
Event Date and Time: 
May 2, 2009 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

St. Joseph School and Batavia Downs Casino is hosting a beer and wine festival on Saturday May 2, 2009 from 6pm to 9pm at the Downs.

This event is formerly know as Marchfest.  We have over 25 tables of vendors offering samples from local restaurants, NY craft beers and wines.  Also, Mark Winsick band wil be playing their award winning blues.

Vendors offering beer samples include Flying Bison Brewing Company, Rohrback Brewing, Magic Hat, Long Trail, Anheuser-Busch, Mendocino Brewing, Souther Tier Brewing, and many more !!!!!

March 23, 2009 - 10:58am
posted by Julie A Pappalardo in laws, Liquor stores, nys, wine.

Regarding wine in the grocery store:

Who in their right mind would think that this was a good idea? Are the Powers That Be just not going to be happy until they put EVERY last Mom and Pop out of business? This proposal will KILL the small liquor retailer, more people will be unemployed, and there will be even MORE empty commercial real estate! Just what NYS needs.

Currently, liquor stores are only allowed to sell two things....wine and liquor. Why not pass a law that permits the liquor stores to sell food items instead?? That solution would most likely (gasp!) CREATE a few jobs for some folks (a fun job even), and maybe even crank up some much needed tax revenue. Imagine being able to pick up wine AND cheese AND fruit in one stop! Or even a fabulous gift basket for your wine enthusiast friend at holiday or birthday time!

I hope that the Powers That Be sit down with a cheese trolley and a robust red wine and think about the ramifications of what they are proposing!

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