Ag Economy Barometer up 12 Points

The Ag Economy Barometer rose in March to 177, the highest reading for the barometer since the record setting performance in October of 184. Organizers say this month’s 12-point rise in the barometer was attributable almost entirely to ag producers’ more optimistic view of the future. The Index of Future Expectations climbed to 164, 16 […]

Chumrau: UI Cookie Will Benefit Growers In Several Ways

Last month, the Idaho Wheat Commission announced the licensing of UI Cookie a new soft white spring variety. Casey Chumrau, IWC Executive Director said UI Cookie has excellent yield, superior end-use quality and easy threshing ability. She added there’s currently excellent demand for all soft whites, both winter and spring. “About 65% of the Idaho […]

Vilsack Highlights Trade Priorities

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is talking about his top trade priorities now that U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai has been confirmed. Vilsack noted recently the main focus will be on trade relations with Mexico and Canada, as well as strengthening existing trade agreements with China and Japan. “Implementation of USMCA. Expansion of the Japanese trade […]

U.S. Dairy Working To Regain Market Share In China

The U.S. Heartland China Association recently hosted a roundtable discussion on the trading relationship between the U.S. and China. Agriculture and trade officials from both countries talked about ways to go about improving the relationship between the nations. Krysta Harden, President and CEO of the U.S Dairy Export Council, said America’s dairy farmers have a […]

Talks With Taiwan Not Expected To Be A Priority For Biden Administration

One expert on Asia says the farming community should not expect the Biden Administration to focus on trade deals with individual nations early in the first term. Scott Harold with the Rand Defense Research Group, using talks with Taiwan as an example says he does not anticipate unilateral discussions to occur until late in the […]

Newhouse, Panetta Call On Feds To Rebuff China’s Claims Regarding Food Packaging & COVID

China is asking the World Health Organization to modify its opinion that coronavirus can transfer on food packaging. And that request is not sitting well with the agriculture community. Led by Washington’s Dan Newhouse and California’s Jimmy Panetta the request calls on the Administration to recommend that the WHO commission a group of investigators to […]

Mixed News On COVID Front Keeping Oil Prices Flat

Oil prices have moved lower over the past week, but you wouldn’t know it if you looked at fuel prices across the Northwest. Patrick DeHaan with GasBuddy said the prices we’re paying at the pump continued to move higher this week, even though the national average moved lower. The reason for the national average moving […]

Australia Wheat Production Up This Season

A rebound in wheat production down in Australia is expected to add to a record global production estimate for this season. USDA World Agriculture Outlook Chairman, Mark Jekanowski, said this year’s crop looks to be impressive. “Off to a new record of 33 million metric tons more than doubled last year’s production Australia had suffered […]

Vilsack Takes A Look At U.S./China Relationship

Phase One of the U.S./China Trade Agreement and its benefits to the American farmer have been boosted in part by Chinese purchases of various commodities. But in terms of his own confidence that this trend will continue, Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, recently noted: “I’m confident as long as the relationship is focused on trade because […]

Tai Confirmed as U.S. Trade Representative

By a unanimous 98-0 vote Wednesday, the Senate confirmed Katherine Tai as the next U.S. Trade Representative. Tai had already won a unanimous voice vote in committee. Senate Finance Chair, Oregon’s Ron Wyden called Tai a “terrific person” for USTR. “She led crackdowns against China’s trade cheating and job ‘rip-offs.’ As the top trade staffer on the Ways […]