The perennial highlight of the ASTA CSS & Seed Expo is Dan Basse with Ag Resource Company with his global ag outlook. No one can cram as much information into a one hour presentation as Dan Basse!
Despite the downturn in the farm economy domestically, Basse says it was better on a global scale. “If you’re sitting in Brazil, Russia, Argentina, or even Europe, it wasn’t such a bad year,” he said. Especially for farmers in Argentina, who got a tax break for Christmas last year from their new president Mauricio Macri that just kept on giving throughout 2016. “If you’re an Argentinian farmer, you woke up after Mr. Macri was elected and you got approximately $240 extra,” Basse said. “We believe that Argentina will become an export powerhouse of agriculture in the years to come.”
As far as the new president for the United States, Basse says there’s a lot of uncertainties when it comes to a Trump presidency at this point. “We haven’t even decided on an ag secretary as of yet,” he said. But, Basse does believe that President Trump will be very good for biofuels.
Listen to a ten minute summary of Basse’s major points in this interview: [wpaudio url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/zimmcomm/astacss-16-basse.mp3″ text=”Interview with Dan Basse, Ag Resource Company”]