Tariff Agreement with EU Reopens Doors for US Agriculture Exports

On Sunday, the United States and European Union announced an end to the trade conflict of steel and aluminum tariffs, welcome news for agriculture. The United States will not apply section 232 duties and will allow duty-free importation of steel and aluminum from the EU at a historical-based volume, and the EU will suspend related […]

Tai Talks Trade With Wisconsin Dairy Farmers

Last week, U.S. Trade Representative Kathrine Tai traveled to Wisconsin to meet with dairy farmers. Several producers voiced their concerns and priorities for dairy exports, specifically when it comes to trade issues with Canada under USMCA. “I think we had some really candid exchanges. One of the really important aspects of the USMCA is that […]

Despite Difficult Year For Exports, USMEF Optimistic About The Future

U.S. beef exports to the European Union have struggled over the past year due to limited opportunities in Europe’s food service and hospitality sectors. But, U.S. Meat Export Federation’s Yuri Barutkin said exports are poised for a comeback, thanks to the gradual reopening of food service and newly developed retail channels. He noted there was […]

Poultry Owners Nationwide Warned Of Possible Bird Flu Outbreak

We recently told you that the Washington state Department of Agriculture is warning of a possible bird flu outbreak, similar to what was reported seven years ago. Its become a nationally issue, as concerns are growing about a potential highly-pathogenic avian influenza outbreak. “Recently cases have been confirmed in Europe, Asia, and Africa. And we’re […]

Over 25 Years, Ag Export Destinations Shift

The face of Ag trade in the U.S., and where American goods land have changed considerably over a quarter of a century. The United States is the world’s second-largest agricultural trader, trailing only the European Union. American ag exports grew significantly over the last 25 years, from $46.1 billion in 1994 to $126.7 billion in […]

Despite Good News Virus Still Weighs On Oil Prices

Thanks to a variety of uncertainties over the past couple of months, the coronavirus continues to dominate fuel and oil price news. In Monday’s trade, West Texas Crude was trading slightly above $41 per barrel, virtually the same price we’ve seen for weeks. Daniel Yergin, HIS Market Vice Chairman recently told Fox Business News that […]

First Hemp Organization Officially Recognized by USDA Foreign Ag Service

The National Industrial Hemp Council announced last week it had received $200,000 in funds from the USDA’s Market Access Program. Those funds will support export market development for industrial hemp. “We are grateful for the USDA confidence and the recognition of NIHC as the industry leader in industrial hemp trade and marketing,” says Kevin Latner, […]

Diesel Prices Continue To Hold, But China May Change That

Outside of a slight dip on Thursday, oil prices continue to hold around the $40 per barrel mark. As of Monday, West Texas Crude was trading slightly above $41 per barrel. The lack luster movement is one again because of uncertainty when it comes to coronavirus lockdowns as more cases have been reported not only […]

Censky Discusses Trade Negotiation, Challenges With the EU

The European Union and the U.S. continue to talk about what it will take to get a trade deal done. However, the U.S. and the EU have stark differences in their policies toward food production, which continues to be a stumbling block. Outgoing Deputy Ag Secretary Stephen Censky recently pointed out the biggest difference at the […]

Focus On Fruit for 08/20/20

Toni Lynn Adams with the Washington Apple Commission breaks down the recently released 2020 apple forecast. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]