china

Trump Escalates Trade War with Additional Talks of Tariffs

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

President Donald Trump is taking the trade war with China to an unprecedented level that would impose tariffs on nearly every export China sends to the United States. Following the announcement Monday night by Trump that he is seeking an additional $200 billion worth of tariffs, China is looking to retaliate, again. Trump says if China does, he would seek …

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Trade War Costly for U.S. Farmers

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

The trade war between the U.S. and China is proving to be costly to U.S. farmers, just as President Trump announced the intent for further tariffs, escalating the tense state of affairs. University of Illinois agriculture economist Scott Irwin this week on Twitter says the outlook has “moved into disaster territory,” specifically, regarding soybeans. Jim Bower of Bower Trading in …

farmers

Farmers for Free Trade Places More Anti-Trade War Advertising

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

Farmers for Free Trade is again placing advertisements on cable television showing an on-the-ground look at how current trade disputes are damaging export markets for U.S. farmers. In conjunction with the U.S. Apple Association, the advertisement targets the retaliations to the Section 232 tariffs that include U.S. apples. Airing on television news networks frequently watched by President Trump, the advertisement …

senate

Freedom Caucus Farm Bill Support Still Uncertain

Dan Farm Bill, Industry News Release, Legislative

Freedom Caucus members have yet to submit unison support for the House farm bill. The House set a revote deadline for this Friday when the farm bill failed because Democrats and the Freedom Caucus Republicans voted against the measure. Now, Bloomberg reports some members have not voiced support for the farm bill, including Virginia Republican David Brat, who says “I’m …

newcastle

USDA Issues Warning of Newcastle Virus to Commercial Poultry

Dan Industry News Release, Poultry

The Department of Agriculture says at least 18 outbreaks of Virulent Newcastle Disease have been confirmed in backyard chickens in Southern California. The outbreaks prompted the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to issue a warning to commercial poultry operations. The infected backyard chickens were found in Los Angeles and San Bernardino in May and June. In the USDA statement, …

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Perdue Announces New Budget Director at USDA

Dan Industry News Release

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the selection of Erica Navarro to serve as Director of the Office of Budget and Program Analysis (OBPA) for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). OBPA administers the Department’s budgetary functions and also develops and presents budget-related matters. The Director is responsible for providing leadership in carrying out Department-wide responsibilities in policy analysis, …

nppc

NPPC Testifies at USTR Hearing on Thailand’s GSP Eligibility

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Pork, Trade

At a U.S. Trade Representative hearing, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) called for Thailand’s preferential access to the U.S. market to be revoked or reduced if it does not end its unwarranted ban on U.S. pork. Thailand is a top beneficiary of the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, which gives duty-free treatment to certain goods entering the …

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Department Accepting Century & Heritage Farm and Bicentennial Farm Applications

Dan Alabama, Industry News Release

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) is accepting applications for the annual Century and Heritage (C & H) Farm and Bicentennial Farm programs. The purpose of both programs is to recognize family farms that have played a significant role in Alabama’s history. A Century Farm is one that has been in the same family continuously for at least …

chikungunya virus

Two Mosquito Species Can Transmit New Chikungunya Virus in the Americas

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release

Yellow fever and Asian tiger mosquitoes from Florida and Brazil can transmit an Asian strain of chikungunya virus that’s emerging in North, South and Central America, a University of Florida scientist says. The Asian strain of the virus is not currently circulating in Florida, and Barry Alto, associate professor of entomology at the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, …

farm credit

Farm Credit Outlook Shows Prices for Grains to Strengthen

Dan Corn, Economy, Industry News Release, Wheat

An outlook presented to the Farm Credit Administration shows corn and soybean prices are projected to strengthen, boosting profit margins for crop farmers. The report shows profit margins are expected to decline for livestock producers though, as rising grain prices drive up feed costs, and Southwest pasture conditions deteriorate because of severe drought. The quarterly report also notes that uncertainties …