Farm and Food: Free trade, free lunch

  We in agriculture talk about free trade agreements as if they are the international equivalent of a free lunch. All we need is a trade deal, we preach, and a full belly — easy profit — is an almost certainty. [Alan Guebert| February, 06 2016 | Journal Star] This lovely belief, of course, overlooks…

Portman, in surprise, to oppose trade deal

WASHINGTON — Sen. Rob Portman announced Thursday he will oppose a sweeping trade agreement negotiated by the Obama administration and 11 other countries, mostly in the Asia-Pacific region. [Deirdre Sheesgreen| February, 04 2016 | Cincinnat!] It’s a surprise move from the Ohio Republican, who served as the chief trade negotiator for President George W. Bush and…