Pork Export Market Opportunities

Chuck Zimmerman

“Trade Policy for a Dynamic Pork Industry” was the topic for one of the first presentations at the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Swine Health Seminar. Our presenter was Laurie Hueneke, National Pork Producers Council. During her presentation Laurie provided an overview of what the trade situation is for the industry in various regions and countries around the world. I spoke with …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, NPPC, Swine, Trade

What’s New With Wheat

Cindy Zimmerman

Caught up with the execs of the National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates at the 2012 Commodity Classic to find out what’s new with wheat. What’s really new for NAWG is a brand new scholarship program with BASF just announced at the Classic, and CEO Dana Peterson says they are happy about the scholarship but sad about …

Audio, BASF, Commodity Classic, Trade, Wheat

New Holland Tractor Goes to Charity Auction Signed by President Bush

Chuck Zimmerman

Jay Leno’s Lil Tug going to auction with President George W. Bush’s signature on it! Here’s a photo of the sighing on his ranch from his Facebook page. Talk show host Jay Leno used it in his famous Garage. Former President George W. Bush put his signature on it. And this Saturday, January 21, it will go on the auction …

Agribusiness, New Holland, Trade

Meeting Growing Export Demand

Chuck Zimmerman

At the recent NAMA Trends in Agriculture conference one of our panel discussions featured Tom Dorr, U.S. Grains Council. The panel topic was “Meeting the Growing Demand for Exports for Trade.” Thanks to Paulsen Marketing for supplying this video clip with Tom. Much of American agriculture is dependent on international trade. What does this mean for the future if the …

Agency, Audio, Trade, USGC

Agriculture Groups Praise Passage of Trade Pacts

Cindy Zimmerman

Agricultural interests have been trying for nearly five years to get Washington to act on three free trade agreements and finally in just over a week they have been sent to Congress and passed by significant majorities. The trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Columbia were each voted on separately and passed in rapid succession Wednesday, first by the …

Government, NCBA, NCGA, NPPC, Trade

Trade Agreements Finally Moving for Real

Cindy Zimmerman

After more than four years in limbo, trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama have finally been sent to Congress by the White House and could be voted on by next week. “The series of trade agreements I am submitting to Congress today will make it easier for American companies to sell their products in South Korea, Colombia, and …

AFBF, Beef, Government, NCBA, Trade

Tweet the White House About US-Korea FTA

Cindy Zimmerman

The US-Korea FTA Business Coalition is tweeting the White House for free trade this week. The coalition is sending out messages on Twitter this week during the “White House Office Hours on the American Jobs Act” to address the importance of the US-Korea FTA and other pending trade agreements in creating American jobs and they are urging other supporters to …

Trade

Pork Producers Talk Issues at Pork Expo

Cindy Zimmerman

National Pork Producers Council leaders conducted the traditional first day World Pork Expo press conference this morning to discuss issues of importance to the industry. Among the bigger issues is expanding international markets for U.S. pork by getting Congress to pass the three pending free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama. “We need new and expanded markets,” said NPPC …

Audio, NPPC, Pork, Trade, World Pork Expo

Ag Groups Call For Trade Agreement Approval

Cindy Zimmerman

Since May is both World Trade Month and National Beef Month, it was appropriate for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) to host a news conference on Capitol Hill today urging the Obama administration to send pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea to Congress immediately. NCBA was joined by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), American …

AFBF, Audio, General, NCBA, NCGA, Trade

Lots of Trade Talking This Week

Cindy Zimmerman

Since May is World Trade Month, you would think it would be a great time for Congress to pass those pesky pending Free Trade Agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama that have been awaiting approval for years. Several of the nation’s largest agricultural organizations who testified before the House Agriculture Committee this week on why it is so important to …

AFBF, NCBA, NCGA, Trade, USDA