China Strikes Back

Cindy Zimmerman

From almonds to frozen edible swine offal, the majority of the 128 products on which China imposed retaliatory tariffs Monday are agricultural, making farmers bear the brunt of the reaction to U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs. “This is a tax on American farmers, brought about by protectionist trade policies,” said Farmers for Free Trade (FFT) Co-Chair Max Baucus. “American farmers …

AgWired Animal, AgWired Energy, Ethanol, Exports, International, NPPC, Pork, RFA, Soybean, Trade, Wine

ZimmCast 578 from Ag Week in DC

Cindy Zimmerman

Last week was a busy one in Washington, DC with National Ag Day Activities, the Agri-Pulse Ag & Food Policy Summit and American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) annual Fly-in. It was a week of crazy weather, including six inches of snow the second day of spring, but all events went as planned and were all very successful and well attended. …

ACE, Ag Day, Agri-Pulse, Audio, Ethanol, Government, Trade, USDA, ZimmCast

Agri-Pulse Summit Hits Timely Trade Topics

Cindy Zimmerman

Trade was definitely in the spotlight last week as the Agri-Pulse Ag & Food Policy Summit was being held. Speakers included Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, Ranking Member Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Agricultural Trade, and Food Assistance Ray Starling, USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney, and USTR Chief …

Agri-Pulse, Audio, Government, Trade

Reaction to Presidential Trade Tariff Actions

Cindy Zimmerman

Exports are literally the life blood of U.S. agriculture, so it is not surprising that reaction to President Trump’s trade tariff actions this week from agricultural groups has been largely negative and fearful that it will lead to retaliation. U.S. Grains Council (USGC) President and CEO Tom Sleight says they are dismayed by the tariffs against China announced yesterday by …

Audio, Exports, Trade

Farm Credit at #CattleCon18

Chuck Zimmerman

During #CattleCon18 I visited with Farm Credit to learn what they are offering to cattle ranchers. I talked with Todd Moore (pictured), Farm Credit Mid-America, first and asked him what the message is for those attending. He says that with the volatility in cattle prices lender are talking to their customers and asking questions like, “Do they have a risk …

AgWired Animal, Audio, Beef, Cattle Industry Conference, Exports, Farm Credit, Trade

Ag Policy Update: Farm Bill, Budget Deals & Trade

Jamie Johansen

The Missouri Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference took place over the weekend. I was able to attend with my husband and had great intentions to not ‘work.’ But when I heard topics being discussed that are timely and others might learn from, I couldn’t help but pull out my recorder and gather some content. Missouri Farm Bureau’s Director …

AgWired Animal, AgWired Precision, Audio, Farm Bill, Farm Bureau, Government, Trade

Study Shows U.S. Lags Behind in Developing Ag Exports

Cindy Zimmerman

The latest analysis of foreign export promotion program investment shows that several competing countries and the European Union outspent the United States in publicly-funded agricultural export promotion by a margin of four to one in 2016, according to a release from the Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports and the Agribusiness Coalition for Foreign Market Development. The other countries spent …

Ag Group, Exports, Trade

New Coalition Advocates For NAFTA Preservation

Cindy Zimmerman

More than 30 organizations have joined to form Americans for Farmers & Families (AFF), a coalition dedicated to preserving and modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by educating political leaders about its importance to agriculture. The groups represent growers, refiners, producers, transporters, retailers and consumers, including major industry organizations such as American Farm Bureau, Corn Refiners Association, National …

AFBF, Ag Group, AgWired Animal, AgWired Precision, Corn, Trade

ASTA CSS 2017 Attendance Strong

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is ushering in the holiday season in its traditional way – with the annual CSS & Seed Expo in Chicago. ASTA president and CEO Andy LaVigne says turnout at the annual event that includes the industry’s biggest trade show is still very strong despite ongoing mergers and acquisitions. “We’ll probably have close to 2700 …

AgWired Precision, ASTA, Audio, Seed, Trade

New White Paper Explores Opportunities for U.S. Ag in Cuba

Jamie Johansen

Two leading advocates for normalizing trade with Cuba announced the release of a new white paper, Opportunities for U.S. Agriculture in Cuba: A White Paper, that examines how 16 farm states could benefit if the U.S. repeals longstanding restrictions on food sales to the island nation. The paper was produced by Cuba Trade Magazine and the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for …

Ag Group, Audio, International, Trade