Perry: Slight Profits Expected For Apple, Pear Growers

As we kick off our six part Northwest Farm Credit Services’ quarterly commodity snapshot series, we start with area tree fruit. Bill Perry, Vice President at NWFCS, said their 12 month outlook calls for a slight profit in the apple industry. “Although low packouts have been the reality throughout the season, higher quality fruit coming […]

Chumrau: Virtual Meetings Have Provided Benefits During Pandemic

While more and more of the country is opening up and trying to return to normal, for many in the Ag community that process can be a slow one. One example is the return to trade missions, whether hosting or traveling. While COVID-19 case counts may be improving in the United States, that is not […]

Little: Virtual Trade Mission Benefits Idaho Ag Economy

Idaho Governor Brad Little says he is starting to see early, positive results from the state’s recent virtual trade mission to Mexico. Little noted that Mexico is Idaho’s fourth largest export destination, accounting for the purchase of nearly $225 million in Idaho products last year alone, with much of that coming from agriculture and food […]

Virtual Trade Missions Will Be A Key Going Forward

Before the global pandemic, USDA and its Trade and Agricultural Affairs Mission Area planned to conduct eight trade missions in 2020. Those all, in the in the traditional person to person meeting and product demonstration sense, were postponed. But with shutdowns, the USDA transitioned those meetings on-line. And while the Department’s Ted McKinney said face-to-face […]

USDA Recruiting for a Trade Mission to the Philippines

The USDA will lead a trade mission to the Philippines, designed to explore new business opportunities with the island nation. The trade mission will travel to Manila on April 20th through 23rd. They’re looking for agribusiness people who want to take part in the trip. Anyone interested should apply to the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service […]

Foreign Ag Service Chases New Trade Opportunities in 2019

The USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service was busy looking for new trade opportunities in 2019.  Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney said the agency fought throughout the year to unlock new export opportunities for U.S. agriculture around the globe.   Last year, the FAS hosted six trade missions and supported exporter participation in […]

McKinney: 2020 Trade Missions Hold Great Potential

According to the USDA’s Ted McKinney, there is business, and a lot of it, to be had with several countries in North Africa, as well as the Philippines, Spain, Portugal, Peru, United Arab Emirates and many others.   When recently announcing the USDA’s 2020 trade mission agenda, he pointed out.   “Four of these are brand new,” […]

USDA: Seven Trade Mission Trips Scheduled For 2020

The USDA announced Thursday it will sponsor seven agribusiness trade missions in 2020.  The goal will be to diversify and grow export opportunities around the world for American farmers and ranchers.   “I cannot overstate the immense value trade missions provide to the U.S. agriculture industry and our customers,” says USDA Undersecretary for Trade and […]

Censky Pleased With West Africa Trade Mission

  The USDA recently wrapped up a four-day trade mission to Ghana in western Africa.  One of the main focuses of this mission, like other USDA missions, was to unlock new trade opportunities in the region for American producers.  The USDA’s Steven Censky led the the mission and the over 40 participants, representing a wide […]

Vietnam Trade Mission Already Generating New Sales

Companies on a trade mission to Vietnam are reporting as much as $5 million in new sales. That report came in last week from USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney. McKinney said the new numbers come from just 14 of the 34 companies traveling with him and are the result of […]