President Trump Signs USMCA

Cindy Zimmerman

President Donald J. Trump today signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), replacing the outdated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), with improved access to both markets for U.S. farmers and ranchers. “This agreement is a tremendous breakthrough for American agriculture,” said President Trump in remarks before signing the agreement. “Poultry exports to Canada are expected to rise 50 percent and …

Ag Groups, Audio, Trade

ZimmCast 634 – Questions About Growing Hemp

Chuck Zimmerman

Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. This week’s program includes several interviews I did at the inaugural Heart of American Agricultural Hemp Classic in Independence, MO. The event was organized by the Missouri Hemp Association. Farmers have a lot of questions about hemp and in the interviews you will hear from presenters and farmers who have some answers. You can …

Ag Groups, Audio, Farming, hemp, ZimmCast

Senate Passage of USMCA Praised by Ag Groups

Cindy Zimmerman

By a vote of 89-10 the U.S. Senate approved the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA) today and sent it on to President Trump for his signature. Just before the vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said USMCA will benefit the entire economy, but especially agriculture – “farmers, growers, cattlemen, manufacturers, small businesses, big businesses.” (2:18) Reaction from the agricultural sector …

Ag Groups, Audio, Ethanol, Exports, Trade

Heart of America Agricultural Hemp Classic Kicks Off

Chuck Zimmerman

The inaugural Heart of America Agricultural Hemp Classic takes place today in Independence, MO. Our MC is Joe Zahner, general counsel, Missouri Hemp Association. Joe is a scientist so he gets to help members on technical issues. We talked about the conference yesterday after the membership of the association met. The program here includes farmers who have experience growing and …

Ag Groups, Audio, Farming, hemp

Agriculture Celebrates China Phase One Signing

Cindy Zimmerman

Agricultural organizations are very positive overall about the signing of the historic Phase One Trade Agreement with China Wednesday, an agreement which calls for China to purchase between $40 and $50 billion in American agricultural goods each year for two years. “Together we are righting the wrongs of the past and delivering a future of economic justice and security for …

AFBF, Ag Groups, ARA, Audio, Corn, Ethanol, Exports, Livestock, Trade

2020 SE Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference Underway

Chuck Zimmerman

The Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference returns to Savannah, Ga. and really kicks in to gear today. In 2019, the educational event and trade show hosted more than 3,300 attendees and 290 vendor companies. Sponsored by Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Association and the Georgia Peach Council the conference is held at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. The …

Ag Groups, Audio, Vegetables

Farm Groups Partner to Help Farmers Manage Stress

Cindy Zimmerman

Recognizing the high levels of stress affecting America’s farmers and ranchers, agricultural organizations have partnered on a program to train individuals who interact with farmers and ranchers to recognize signs of stress and offer help. Farm Credit, American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union announced the program yesterday in Washington D.C. with the support of several members of Congress. …

AFBF, Ag Groups, Farm Credit

ZimmCast 632 – Ag Retailers Conference Leadership

Chuck Zimmerman

In this week’s program I spoke with the leadership of the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA).   In the program you’ll hear from past Chair, Troy Johnson, Wilbur-Ellis, as he talks about his term leading the board. Then next up will be Rod Wells, GROWMARK, new Chair for ARA, as he talks about his outlook and plans for the coming two …

Ag Groups, ARA, Audio, GROWMARK, ZimmCast

ZimmCast 631 – Hemp in the Heartland

Chuck Zimmerman

In this week’s program you can hear Cindy talk with Wayne Gale, Stokes Seeds and Chairman of the American Seed Trade Association, about the upcoming ASTA CSS & Seed Expo. I then talk with Bill Cook, Executive Director of the Missouri Hemp Association about their inaugural Heart of America Agricultural Hemp Classic (registration started on Black Friday). Wayne talks about …

Ag Groups, ASTA, Audio, Farming, hemp, ZimmCast