Schmick “Do No Harm Vital” For Olympia Lawmakers

With another legislative session around the corner in Olympia, many in the farming community are prepared for legislation attacking their industry.  Colfax Representative Joe Schmick said the Ag industry was targeted during the 2019 session in a variety of ways, and he’s concerned the same anti-farming sentiment will return in the short legislative session.  He […]

AFBF: Farm Workforce Modernization Act Falls Short

The American Farm Bureau Federation says farm labor reforms advanced recently by the House Judiciary Committee need more work before it’s ready for passage.  AFBF President Zippy Duvall said Farm Workforce Modernization Act “falls short of a long-term solution to farm labor shortages,” which he noted is one of the biggest challenges facing the industry […]

Could We See A USMCA Deal This Week?

Congressional ratification of USMCA in 2019 is down to the wire with just two, or perhaps three-weeks left in this session.  Will it get done before 2020, which is an election year?  And how does a possible Senate impeachment trial mix in to that equation?   “There certainly under time pressure, now,” said American Farm […]

Will Ag Trade Surplus Continue To Decline Into The New Year?

Back in 2014 the U.S. farm industry enjoyed an Ag trade surplus of $43 billion.  But, by 2018 that surplus had dropped to $16 billion, and then during fiscal year 2019 the surplus dipped again, down to $4.6 billion according to USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson.   So from 2014 to now U.S. Ag exports […]

Oil Prices Rebound After Friday Sell Off

It’s been a relatively turbulent time for oil prices, with the price of West Texas Crude dropping 5% Friday, and then moving up more than 2% in Monday’s action.  Why the volatility?   OPEC and its allies might discuss and even agree to deepen their production cuts to re-balance prices.  Monday, WTI was trading around […]

Farm Income Rising in Part Because of Aid

In spite of a challenging 2019, farm earnings are expected to rise this year by 10%.  However, nearly one-third of producers’ net farm income is a result of crop insurance and direct government payments, which does include President Trump’s trade aid.   Agri-Pulse said net farm income this year is projected to jump by $8.5 […]

Farmers for Free Trade Launches New USMCA Ad Campaign

Farmers for Free Trade, recently announced a new ad campaign promoting quick passage of USMCA.  The ad campaign launched with a $300,000 advertising blitz in more than 20 Congressional Districts.  The ads focus specifically on why the USMCA is a badly needed victory for American agriculture.   The 30-second radio spots feature American farmers who […]

EU Parliament Approves Increased U.S. Beef Access

It was a happy Thanksgiving for U.S. beef producers.   The European Parliament voted Thursday to approve a plan that grants the U.S. a country-specific share of the European Union’s duty-free, high-quality beef quota. The agreement was originally signed back in August. The U.S. Meat Export Federation was pleased to hear of the approval.   […]

Ross: Ball in China’s Court on Trade

Trade negotiations with China continue as the U.S. and China seek to wrap up a phase one agreement, promised two weeks ago.  U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told Fox Business News, “the ball is in China’s court,” in an interview Monday.  He said the talks are making progress, but described the negotiations as “one step […]

USDA Announces Fellowships to Develop the Next Generation of Agriculture

On Monday, the USDA announced fellowship opportunities connecting agency resources with faculty and staff at land grant and other universities.  The USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement made the announcement, which seeks to connect participants to USDA and other federal resources while focusing on student development.  The fellowship is available for faculty and staff […]