AFBF: China Is Purchasing More, But Not To Expected Levels

Last week, the USDA updated trade data tracking export sales to China. American Farm Bureau Federation Economist Veronica Nigh said China has increased purchases of U.S. farm products, but is not on pace to reach commitments made in the Phase 1 trade agreement. “Certainly, China’s picking up the pace on their purchases just as we […]

AFBF Watching Exports To China Closely

An American Farm Bureau Federation Market Intel analysis shows China is buying more U.S. commodities for the upcoming marketing year, starting in September. AFBF Economist Veronica Nigh said the analysis includes corn, soybeans, sorghum and cotton. “So far, soybeans sorghum and cotton have quite a lot of advanced new crop sales, greater than what they’ve […]

AFBF: PPP Changes Good News For Farmers

Changes recently passed by the House and Senate to the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program offers farmers and ranchers more flexibility. American Farm Bureau Federation Economist Veronica Nigh said this should help farmers utilize the program more easily. “Under the previous version, any loan proceeds that you received had to be used within eight […]

Farming Community Welcomes Navigable Protection Rule

Maybe you’re not familiar with the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, the replacement to the Waters of the U.S. rule.  But the recent announcement by the Trump Administration is sitting well with many in farm country. “Repealing WOTUS is a big deal,” said Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue.   The repeal last October led to the EPA […]

AFBF Hopeful Phase One Will Lead To More Trade Opportunities

As the American Farm Bureau Federation and they’ll tell you an interim trade deal with China is a step towards a full agreement and normalized trade.  AFBF economist Veronica Nigh is hopeful the Phase One agreement is the first of many steps.   “China and the U.S. agreed to an interim phase one deal. Ideally, […]

AFBF: H-2A Hits Record In 2019

In fiscal year 2019, the H-2A farm labor program again set a record for certified positions, the number of applications processed and approved.  American Farm Bureau Federation Economist Veronica Nigh considers the more than 258,000 certified positions in 2019 a milestone.   “Passing the quarter of a million positions is a big deal. This is […]

AFBF: MFP Not Ideal But It Is Helping Farmers

The USDA announced last week that the second round of the Market Facilitation Program payments will go out to eligible producers just before Thanksgiving.  Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, and many others in the farming community have said while the payments have been of assistance, producers would much rather have trade than aid.  Something with which […]

Use of H-2A Slowing, Says Labor Department

New data shows that 2019 growth in the H-2A program is slowing.  According to the Labor Department, the number of on the farm position requests increased just 2% this year, compared to a 29% increase in 2018.  American Farm Bureau Federation Economist Veronica Nigh said there are two potential causes for this drop.   “One […]