Farm Bureau Disappointed in Blueberry Ruling

The U.S. International Trade Commission recently said fresh, chilled, or frozen blueberries are not being imported into the U.S. at a fast enough rate to cause injury to domestic producers. “As a result of the recent vote, the investigation will end, and the Commission won’t recommend a remedy to the President,” the USITC said. The […]

Beef Exports Off In 2020, But USMEF Sees Reason For Optimism

According to the latest numbers from the USDA, U.S. beef exports finished 2020 lower year-over-year, down in both volume at 1.25 million metric tons, and value at $7.65 billion. But the news isn’t all bad. USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom said beef ended the year on a very strong note. “[I’m] quite happy with […]

World Wheat Production, Demand Expected To Increase

The most recent U.S. Wheat Associates “Winter 2021 Wheat Supply and Demand Outlook” indicates the 2020-2021 marketing year set several records. For example, the USDA expects global wheat production to reach 773 million metric tons on increased annual production from some of the world’s top exporters. Steve Mercer, Vice President of Communications for the U.S. […]

R-CALF Organizing E-mail Blitz in Favor of COOL

Earlier this week, R-CALF urged ranchers to send emails to the White House in favor of Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling for beef. The organization issued an action alert saying, “emails needed this week to the White House and calls needed to congress for M-COOL.” Following the email, the organization asks members to call the […]

2020 A Good Year For Idaho Barley

2020 was a challenging year for a variety of Northwest commodities, but don’t tell that to Idaho barley growers. Idaho Barley Commission Executive Director Laura Wilder said the state had record yields of 110 bushels per acre last year. The success, she added, was due in large part to ideal growing conditions, very few problems […]

Searle Wants Trade To Focus Closer To Home In 2021

Bryan Searle, President of the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, said after the rollercoaster that was 2020, he’s hopeful the greater Ag community can enjoy stability into 2021. And he says much of that starts with trade. He noted while China over the past year has provided many opportunities for American crops, including products from Idaho, […]

USDA: No Stone Left Unturned When It Comes To Trade Markets

While much of the attention of the farm community, and the world really, was on coronavirus, trade took place over the past year. And specifically Ag trade. Much of that focus over the past 12 months was on new trade agreements between the U.S. and major export customers such as Mexico, Canada, Japan and China. […]

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 […]

USMEF: October A Good Month For Beef, Pork Exports

According to the U.S. Meat Export Federation, beef exports in October were steady when compared to 2019 figures, but there were significant gains reported in several key markets. USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom said beef exports came in at 107,591 metric tons for the month. “It’s really a pretty good rebound from earlier in […]

What Can Ag Community Expect Over Next Four Years? Former USDA Leader Weighs In

Many in farming community are wondering what the future holds under a Joe Biden Administration, especially when it comes to trade. Randy Russell, former USDA Undersecretary, is currently the President of the Russell Group in Arlington, VA. During a recent webinar he noted things will look very different in the next four years compared to […]