Biden, Vilsack Reassure Farm Bureau Members

President Biden and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack are trying to reassure American Farm Bureau members that the administration has their back. During a short video at this week’s annual meeting in Atlanta, President Biden assured the mostly Republican-leaning members that America needs farmers “three times a day.” Biden also pointed out that farmers deserve affordable […]

AFBF: Now Is The Time For The Administration To Focus On Trade

The American Farm Bureau says now is the time for the White House to “engage” on trade, after a year that saw little progress on new trade deals. From China to the U.K. and EU to Kenya, Farm Bureau Trade Adviser Dave Salmonsen said there is much to do, to bring down barriers to U.S. […]

Northwest Cherry Growers Continues Focus On New Markets, Expansion

Thanks to the pandemic, record heat and drought the last two years have been challenging for many growers across the Pacific Northwest. Add on top of that the bottlenecks we’ve seen at the west coast ports, making it more challenging to ship products. But one sector that hasn’t seen the big hit from the port […]

WSJ: Uncertainty Lies Ahead For Farmers

As the American Ag industry looks ahead to 2022, the Wall Street Journal says farmers are facing more uncertainty. The Wall Street Journal says a banner year for grain prices has U.S. farmers increasing wheat, corn and soybeans acres compared to just a year ago. However, high fertilizer prices, forecasts for more weather challenges, and […]

Idaho Ag Exports May Set A Record In 2021

Idaho’s value of Ag exports could be on pace to set another record this year. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, $778 million worth of agricultural products were exported out of Idaho through the end of September. According to the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, that was an 11% increase during the same time period in […]

California Farmers Lose Billions Over Supply Chain Challenges

After already struggling with drought, California farmers have lost big overseas sales numbers because of a serious shortage of shipping containers brought on by COVID-19. A study from the University of California-Davis says the state’s farm belt lost $2.1 billion in exports during a five-month stretch this year because of “containergeddon.” A University of Connecticut […]

Meyer: Fertilizer Is Not In Short Supply

Is there an actual shortage of fertilizer, meaning farmers won’t get what they need for the 2022 growing season? USDA’s Chief Economist says “no, not really”. “When I hear somebody say “shortage”, I tend to think that means they’re paying more than they want to pay for it.” Seth Meyer recently acknowledged that prices are […]

Halstrom: Ocean Shipping Reform Act Great News For Beef Exporters

The U.S. Meat Export Federation is applauding the House of Representatives after passing the Ocean Shipping Reform Act, which looks to make it easier for American Ag products to find a ride to overseas destinations. While red meat exports are on a record pace this year, USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom said shipping delays […]

Report: U.S. Trade Falling Behind Global Competitors

The Corn Refiners Association released a new report this week revealing the United States is behind its competitors in reducing global trade barriers. The report, which tracked trade agreements since 2010, shows several nations have outpaced the U.S. in the creation of new bilateral and multilateral trade arrangements, including China, Japan, the European Union, and […]