U.S. to Take Action on Chinese Trade Distorting

Kelly Marshall

The Obama Administration announced last week they plan to launch a trade enforcement action against China at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to challenge trade-distorting domestic supports.  The Administration plans to challenge three key crops: corn, wheat and rice.  In 2015 China’s “market price support” for these three crops was estimated to be almost $100 billion in excess of what …

Ag Group, Government, trade

IA Governor Branstad on #Ag at #FarmProgressShow

Joanna Schroeder

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad touted Iowa as an agricultural leader during this year’s Farm Progress Show. He visited exhibitors and stopped by the BASF Media Tent to speak with reporters about key ag issues. I spoke with him about three issues: trade, water quality, and ethanol. Speaking on the topic of TPP Gov. Branstad said we have problems with both parties. …

Agribusiness, Audio, Ethanol, Farm Progress Show, trade, water

USSEC Serves as Global Marketing Firm for #USSoy

Jamie Johansen

Corn, soybean, rice and cotton farmer, Derek Haigwood, is the newly elected vice chairman for the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and calls Arkansas home. I met up with Derek during the 2016 U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange to learn more about the organization and how he plans to serve. Derek said he is honored to work hand-in-hand with USSEC …

Ag Group, Audio, Markets, Soybeans, trade, USSEC

New Poll Shows Support for TPP

Kelly Marshall

The American Farm Bureau Federation has released the results of a poll from Morning Consult regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. Most participants favor fair trade, which is something AFBF would like to remind candidates running in the 2016 Election. “Most Americans support free trade,” American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said, “and most farmers do, too. Exports account for …

AFBF, Ag Group, trade

ASA Pushing for European Approval of Soy Traits

Kelly Marshall

The American Soybean Association (ASA) has been waiting for five months to hear from an Appeals Committee concerning the European Union’s approval of three soybean traits.  Now they’re ramping up their call for action with a letter to European Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis. Currently the three traits awaiting approval are: Monsanto’s dicamba-tolerant RR2Xtend, Vistive Gold high oleic traits and Bayer CropScience’s …

Ag Group, ASA, Soybeans, trade

NCGA Trade School Highlights Importance of Policy

Kelly Marshall

The National Corn Growers Association hosted Trade School in Washington D.C. last week.  More than 50 farmers, ranchers and ag professionals took the opportunity to learn more about trade issues and rally support for TPP. “Trade policy has a significant impact on me as a farmer. The success of my business and the livelihood of my community depend on expanding …

Ag Group, Government, NCGA, trade

US Equipment Exports Continue to Decline

Lizzy Schultz

Exports of U.S.-made agricultural equipment for first quarter 2016 are down 8 percent overall compared to first quarter 2015, with a total of $1.7 billion shipped to global markets. Europe and Central America each recorded double-digit gains, and the other world regions saw double-digit declines, led by Africa and South America, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), which …

AEM, Ag Group, Agribusiness, Equipment, Exports, International, Machinery, trade

Soy Growers Welcome Cuban Agribusiness Group

Kelly Marshall

The U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) and Cuba’s Grupo Empresarial Agricola (GEA) have officially signed an agreement to re-establish the Cuban marketplace for U.S. food and agricultural products. Members of both parities will be meeting regularly to ensure a beneficial and productive relationship as the agreement moves forward.  The American Soybean Association is cheering the good news. All last week, ASA …

Ag Group, ASA, International, trade

Study Shows Corn Exports Add $74.7 Billion to Economy

Kelly Marshall

In 2014 the export sale of corn and corn products in the U.S. generated $74.7 billion.  The total rises to $82 billion when expanded to include all feed grain products, says a new report by Informa Economics. Overall, corn exports increased the U.S. GDP by $29.8 billion, compared to what would have occurred without these exports.  Full-time jobs related directly …

Ag Group, Corn, Exports, Grain, trade

Ag Groups Urge Congress to Back TPP

Kelly Marshall

More than 200 farm and food groups have come together to send a bipartisan letter to Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan; Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi; Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell; and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  The letter encourages Congress to finish the work of approving TPP in 2016. “If faithfully implemented, TPP will …

Ag Group, Government, International, trade