GENEVA — A group of the world's major trading powers led by Brazil and Australia slammed the new $289 billion U.S. farm bill on Tuesday, saying it contradicts the aims of the Doha global trade talks to cut agricultural subsidies.The Congress, which overrode a veto by President Bush, is pushing "agriculture policies in the wrong direction at a decisive juncture of the [World Trade Organization] Doha Round," according to a joint statement by the G20, which also includes Argentina, China and India. "In its provisions, the farm bill will lead to larger outlays through increased thresholds for subsidies payments for 15 commodities, in contradiction with the Doha Round Mandate." Gein Dunn, Australia's senior agriculture negotiator, speaking on behalf of the 19-country member Cairns Group of fair farm traders that includes Canada, Chile and South Africa, said Congress' decision "will prolong the negative impact of distorting policies on the productivity of important agriculture and food industries." The Bush administration opposed the bill, saying it sent the wrong message to developing countries because it maintains and, in some cases, increases agriculture subsidies for U.S. farmers.Responding to the latest criticism, U.S. officials said the previous law had expired and without a new one, the U.S. would revert to an older law that had even larger subsidies. The U.S. said it would amend the bill to comply with whatever terms are agreed upon in the Doha Round.
La Double J made a name for itself with its vintage-inspired prints, but for resort, designer JJ Martin has ventured into new territory: enter rich jewel toned solids and decadent embellishment, in the form of appliqués, crystals and sequins. #wwdfashion #resort19 #ladoublej
This Just In: J. Crew Group has named Johanna Uurasjarvi as its chief design officer.
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@virgilabloh revealed he's working with Australian stylist and
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"In order for Shudu to wear garments, she needs to be able to put them on, just like you would in the real world. You have to digitize the outfits," said Cameron-James Wilson on dressing 3-D model @shudu.gram for her WWD photoshoot with @itsclo3d. #wwdfashion (📸: @cjw.photo)
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“It is the fierce female performances that came before me that made be able to clearly identify for myself what it was that I wanted to do, what kind of artist I wanted to be, what kind of films I wanted to make,” said @brielarson at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards. See more pictures from the event on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: Matt Baron)