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Farm Bureau Details Trade, Tariff Impacts on Agriculture

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

For the growth and renewed prosperity of agriculture, particularly with farm income on a downward slope, current trading relationships must be preserved and new opportunities for agricultural trade must be secured, the American Farm Bureau Federation said in a recent statement to the Senate Agriculture Committee. “Farm Bureau urges our trade officials to engage in discussions with our trade partners …

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Senators Grill Administration Officials at Trade Hearing

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

Ag state senators peppered Trump Administration officials at USDA and the Office of the Trade Representative with questions regarding trade policy. The Thursday hearing focused on the Trump Administration’s policies and the resulting harm to American farmers from retaliatory tariffs. Politico says both Republicans and Democrats gave an earful to USDA chief economist Robert Johansson, Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign …

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Soybean Prices Improve 15 Percent if Tariffs Resolved

Dan Industry News Release, Soybeans

If the U.S. can get its trade disputes resolved, one economist says soybean prices could jump as much as 15 percent higher. Farm Journal’s Ag Web Dot Com quotes Jackson Takach of Farmer Mac as saying there’s no underestimating the importance of trade to agriculture. “One of every $4 or $5 in farm income is from foreign sources,” he says. …

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Trump Administration Seeking China Trade Talks

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

The Trump administration proposes a new round of trade talks between the U.S. and China to stop an additional round of tariffs on Chinese exports. The Wall Street Journal reports the invitation comes as the Trump administration senses new vulnerability—and possibly more flexibility—among Chinese officials pressured by U.S. tariffs imposed earlier this year and threats for more. Treasury Secretary Steven …

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China Cuts Soybean Import Forecast

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

China this week lowered its forecast for the 2018-2019 import season for soybeans due to the trade conflict between the U.S. and China. Farmers are reducing their use of soybeans in animal feed in China as China has placed massive tariffs on U.S. soybeans. Imports of soybeans in the crop year that starts on October first will be 83.65 million …

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Industry Coalition Opposes New China Tariffs

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

A coalition of more than 150 business groups, including several in agriculture, wrote a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer this week regarding trade. The Hagstrom Report says the groups fear additional 10 percent or 25 percent tariffs, put in place under Section 301 authority, will backfire. The letter says, “Continuing the tit-for-tat escalation with China only serves to …

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ASTA Requests Exemptions for Seeds on Proposed Chinese Tariffs List

Dan Industry News Release, Seeds, Trade

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is requesting that seeds for sowing be exempted from the proposed list of supplemental retaliatory tariffs on China under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. The request was made in a formal letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. “While we support the administration’s push for stronger intellectual property protection and enforcement globally, at …

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Tariffs Impacting Ag Equipment Manufactures, Dealers

Dan Economy, Industry News Release, Trade

A survey by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers finds steel and aluminum tariffs are harming the industry. The survey, primarily focused on the current new equipment inventory levels, shows both dealers and manufacturers are aware of the potential effect of steel and aluminum tariffs on the industry. The survey found that overall, new inventory numbers are favorable, when traditionally dealers …

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China Predicted to cut U.S. Soybean exports

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

China’s exports of U.S. soybeans are expected to plummet over the next marketing year, according to the latest forecast. A soybean crushing industry executive told Reuters this week that China will almost entirely replace its soybean imports from the United States with Brazilian beans and other origins in the upcoming season. The latest forecast from China predicts Imports from the …

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Trump Threatens to Add $200 Billion in More Tariffs

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

Bloomberg says President Trump wants to proceed with another $200 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports as soon as the public comment period wraps up next week. Six people familiar with the matter spoke anonymously with Bloomberg for the article. Companies and people have until Sept. 6 to submit comments on duties that will cover everything from semiconductors to selfie …