Grain Buyers Look for Alternative Grain Supplies

International grain buyers are looking for different places to buy wheat and corn as a Russian invasion cut off Ukrainian supplies. Reuters said European Union producers like Romania and France are being used to cover some nearby shipments. The conflict is rattling international grain markets. European wheat futures hit record highs last week as stalled […]

Expiration Of Shellfish Ban Great News For Washington Aquaculture, DelBene Says

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene is welcoming the news that the U.S. and European Union have agreed to lift their ban on shellfish trade. The 2011 ban on selling bivalves to the EU has had a substantial impact on many coastal communities in the Pacific Northwest. In August, the northwestern Washington Representative hosted a roundtable discussion with U.S. […]

Grassley Russia Ukraine Tension Has Already Taken A Toll On US Farmers

The Russia-Ukraine conflict not only has the potential to harm U.S. Ag producers into the future, one senior Ag lawmaker says the tension has already had an impact on American farmers. “The way they’re getting caught in farming, but everybody else is being caught, with $90 a barrel oil or $100 a barrel oil, or […]

AFBF Welcomes Trade Talks

The Biden administration is kicking off the new year with some progress on trade issues. Dave Salmonsen, American Farm Bureau Federation Senior Congressional Relations Director said one of those issues is dairy trade with Canada under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. “The way Canada was administering the program really wasn’t allowing increases of U.S. dairy product into […]

Retaliatory Tariffs Reduced U.S. Ag Exports Annually by $13.2 Billion

New data from Economic Research Service shows retaliatory tariffs reduced U.S. ag exports annually by $13.2 billion. Specifically, the research points to six trading partners, Canada, China, the European Union, India, Mexico, and Turkey, that announced retaliatory tariffs affecting agriculture and food products in 2018. The retaliatory tariffs followed U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum […]

Trade War Retaliation Cost Agriculture $27 Billion in Exports

Tariffs imposed on American agricultural exports in retaliation for Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from key trading partners cost the U.S. farm sector a great deal in exports. Combine that with the Section 301 tariffs on Chinese imports and China’s retaliatory actions, and it led to an overall $27 billion reduction in […]

WSU Is Working To Build Better Hops

Washington State University is leading an effort to improve hops and help hop growers, with an eye toward boosting the craft beer industry. The effort comes thanks to a $5 million USDA grant with a goal of breeding new hop varieties that are naturally resistant to key viruses. WSU Entomologist Doug Walsh said the result […]

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. […]

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 […]

Peterson: Expanding International Market Key For U.S. Dairy Industry

The U.S. dairy industry relies on exports and is constantly finding ways to find market opportunities overseas, that was the recent message from Alex Peterson, chair of the National Dairy Research and Promotion Board. At the recent Farm Journal MILK Business Conference, Peterson said exports are the key price driver. “More milk than Wisconsin produces […]