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Undersecretary Keys in on Specialty Crop Trade

Dan Commodities, Exports/Imports, Specialty Crops, Trade

While meeting with reporters at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting annual convention, USDA Undersecretary for Trade, Alexis Taylor, keyed in on trade missions that could be particularly beneficial to the nation’s specialty crop industries. Taylor said funding from the USDA will also help the industry with trade challenges. “In addition to some market development work, we’re doing a hundred …


Vilsack Announces Plan to Increase Trade

Dan Commodities, Economy, Exports/Imports, Trade

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Thursday announced the next steps in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s efforts to bolster U.S. agricultural trade, including the department’s planned trade missions for 2024 and the opening of a public comment period for the new Regional Agricultural Promotion Program (RAPP). “As I’ve often said, the key to trade is people’s presence and promotions, and …


FAO Predicts Decline International Foodstuffs Trade

Dan Exports/Imports, This Land of Ours, Trade

Will the international food trade see a decline? That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) predicts a declining international trade in foodstuffs for multiple reasons. While the organization’s latest forecasts point to favorable production outlooks for most basic foodstuffs, global food production systems remain vulnerable to several risks. Those challenges include …


NCBA Opposes Beef Imports from Paraguay

Dan Beef, Cattle, Exports/Imports, Marketing, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA)

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) opposes the USDA’s decision to allow Paraguayan beef imports starting next month. NCBA has repeatedly raised concerns with USDA over Paraguay’s history of foot-and-mouth disease and the outdated information used to justify Paraguay’s access to the U.S. market. NCBA is concerned that USDA’s failure to use information from recent site visits in the risk …

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September Pork Exports Fairly Steady; Beef Exports Trend Lower

Dan Agri-Business, Beef, Cattle, Commodities, Economy, Exports/Imports, Livestock, Marketing, Pork, Sheep-Goats, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF)

According to new data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), September exports of U.S. pork were down slightly from a year ago but did maintain a robust pace. On the other hand, beef exports continued to struggle compared to last year’s record totals but showed increasing strength in the Western Hemisphere markets. Pork exports totaled 221,140 metric …

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Higher Interest Rates, Strong Dollar Affecting Rural Economies

Dan Agri-Business, Economy, Exports/Imports, Field Crops, Forestry

CoBank says the combination of high interest rates and a strong U.S. dollar is beginning to take a disproportionate toll on rural industries like agriculture, forestry, and manufacturing. Most international transactions are still conducted in dollars, and a strong dollar makes U.S. exports more expensive and imports cheaper. CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange says that disproportionately hurts the backbone of the rural …


Economists Discuss Additional Revenue Streams in Agriculture

Dan Agri-Business, Corn, Economy, Exports/Imports, Field Crops

Top agricultural economists answer the question of what the upcoming possibilities for new revenue streams for farmers are. The question was posed during the recent Agri-Pulse Ag Outlook Forum. National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Lead Economist, Krista Swanson said a new type of aviation fuel is one stream. “Our market development action team recently had a study done and as …