Former Ag Secretaries Urge Congress to Pass TPA

Cindy Zimmerman

A bipartisan group of former U.S. Agriculture Secretaries, representing all past administrations since President Jimmy Carter, issued an open letter on Friday urging Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). The former secretaries note that TPA has been given to all previous presidents since Gerald Ford and is critical for successfully negotiating new trade partnerships that boost exports and create …

Exports, Government, Trade, USDA

Former USTR Talks Trade at Ethanol Conference

Cindy Zimmerman

Former U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk was the keynote speaker at the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) National Ethanol Conference this week where the theme was “Going Global” with an emphasis on exports. “I want to thank you for your very strong and vocal support for a very smart trade policy for our country over the years,” said Kirk, who served …

Audio, Ethanol, Exports, Trade

Agri-Pulse Open Mic with Phillip Seng

Leah Guffey

Agri-Pulse interviewed Philip Seng, President and CEO USMEF on Open Mic this week: International trade can be a “gold mine” for beef and pork producers as well as the grain growers they rely on for feed. However, U.S. red meat exports are challenged from lower domestic production and the rising value of the U.S. dollar. In this week’s Open Mic …

Agri-Pulse, Audio, Exports, Food, Markets, Meat

Ag Coalition for Cuba Launched

Cindy Zimmerman

More than 25 companies and organizations launched the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) in Washington Thursday to liberalize trade and re-establish Cuba as a market for U.S. food and agriculture exports. Among the speakers who introduced the new coalition were a list of lawmakers from a variety of states, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, and representatives …

Audio, Exports, Government, Rice, Trade, USDA

Corn Growers Pleased with Chinese Approval for Imports

Cindy Zimmerman

Syngenta officially announced this week that Chinese regulatory officials have approved for the Agrisure Viptera® trait (event MIR162) formally granting import approval. The approval covers corn grain and processing byproducts, such as dried distillers grains (DDGs). The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is pleased with the action. “We see this as an encouraging step in what needs to be an …

Corn, Exports, NCGA

Sustainably Grown USSEC Markets

Jamie Johansen

National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s Trade Talk led me to the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) booth where I talked with Laura Foell. She is chairman of the USSEC, member of the United Soybean Board and an Iowa farmer. USSEC is comprised of United Soybean Board, American Soybean Association, state soybean associations and industry members. As a non-profit the council’s …

Ag Group, Audio, Exports, NAFB, Soybean

2014 Ag Exports Officially Set Record

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released its final total for fiscal year 2014 agricultural exports and they are indeed a new record. The final tally was a big $152.5 billion, an increase of $11.5 billion or eight percent from last year’s record $141 billion. “American farmers and ranchers have once again achieved another year of record exports Agricultural exports …

Exports, USDA

Governor Branstad at Farm Progress Show

Cindy Zimmerman

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad paid a visit to the 2014 Farm Progress Show Tuesday and met with some of the show’s international visitors. “I do a lot of international travel to promote what we produce in Iowa,” said Branstad. “We are the leading corn producing state, leading soybean producing state, leading pork producing state, leading egg producing state, we also …

Audio, Ethanol, Exports, Farm Progress Show, John Deere

USDA Chinese Trade Mission

Cindy Zimmerman

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse led a mission to promote U.S. biofuels and agricultural product exports in northeast China May 5-13. The mission was part of President Obama’s “Made in Rural America” export and investment initiative, designed to help rural businesses and leaders take advantage of new investment opportunities and …

Audio, Biofuels, Ethanol, Exports, International, USDA