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Trump’s trade chief clashes with Canada, Mexico in NAFTA talks

From Politico The high-stakes NAFTA talks appear to be finally headed on a slow-but-steady forward course, but negotiators remain under pressure to deliver quick results to alleviate the threat of President Donald Trump withdrawing from the pact. “We believe that some progress was made,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Monday during a closing press conference. “We finally began to ... Read More »

Wheat organizations from the U.S., Canada and Mexico call for successful NAFTA agreement

Recently, organizations along the North American wheat value chain sent a letter to President Trump, President Peña Nieto and Prime Minister Trudeau, as well as with lead negotiators from each country, Ambassador Lighthizer, Minister Freeland, and Minister Guajardo, stressing the importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to the wheat industry. Ranging from seed to bread and baked goods, key ... Read More »

TPP-11 puts U.S. wheat exports at risk

From U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) are expressing concern that a revised Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that excludes the U.S. puts overseas demand for U.S. wheat at serious risk. “On Jan. 23, 2017, exactly one year ago, President Trump announced the United States would pull ... Read More »

Ag groups line up grassroots support for trade

From the Capital Press Fleets of trucks, lines of railcars and bustling ports send U.S. agricultural products to far-flung foreign markets each day. Last year alone, those exports exceeded $140 billion with a trade surplus of more than $21 billion. They also supported more than 1 million jobs to deliver those products around the world and generated $178.8 billion for ... Read More »

Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity report released

From the National Association of Wheat Growers In April of 2017, President Trump established an Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue serving as chair. The task force was comprised of cabinet members of several federal agencies. The task force outlined five general principals that would allow rural America to have the resources, ... Read More »

NAFTA by commodity and by state in 2016

From the Farm Bureau Whether farmers are raising cattle in Oklahoma, milking cows in Vermont, growing fruits and vegetables in Florida, or growing corn, soybeans and wheat in America’s heartland, their agricultural income depends on trade. USDA estimates that 25 percent of all U.S. agricultural production is exported, and for some commodities that percentage is even higher. Many of these ... Read More »

Cold snap underlines need for adequate crop insurance, NAWG leader says

From the Capital Press Cold weather that damaged wheat across the central and southern Plains and southern Midwest illustrates the need for a new farm bill with adequate crop insurance coverage, a National Association of Wheat Growers leader says. Gordon Stoner, a Montana farmer and president of NAWG, cited “unusually cold temperatures and snowy conditions,” with damage to about one-quarter ... Read More »

Weather conditions call for swift reauthorization of farm bill

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Recent extreme winter conditions in major wheat-producing states re-affirm the need for a 2018 Farm Bill and strong federal crop insurance program. According to Radiant Solutions, a data collection and analysis company based in Herndon, Va., “Solid snow cover in the northern Plains and Midwest gave wheat fields enough protection from the bitter cold conditions, ... Read More »

Attorneys general take action against Prop 65 regulation on glyphosate

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Attorneys General in Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin have filed an amicus brief in support of the preliminary injunction sought by agriculture groups against California’s flawed Prop 65 regulation. In addition, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the California Chamber of Commerce filed their ... Read More »

Tax reform bill passes Senate, House

The  tax reform bill has passed the U.S. Senate and House and is now headed to the president’s desk. While many details about the bill are still unknown, some information about how it might affect farmers is starting to trickle out. Follow these links for more information: K-Coe Isom, a firm that provides consulting and CPA services in the food and ... Read More »