U.S., China said to reach partial deal, could set up trade truce

From Bloomberg The U.S. and China reached a partial agreement Friday that would broker a truce in the trade war and lay the groundwork for a broader deal that Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping could sign later this year, according to people familiar with the matter. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

2018 ARC report is released

From Farm CPA Today The FSA yesterday released an Excel spreadsheet with all of the available 2018 ARC payment information (some crops such as sunflower seed has a later release). As expected the major crops such as corn, soybeans and wheat had very low average county payments.  However, many parts of the country saw larger payments than other parts. Read ... Read More »

U.S.-Japan agreement confirms equal access for U.S. wheat

From the National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates The text of the U.S.-Japan tariff agreement signed Monday in Washington, D.C., confirms that the agreement will provide imported U.S. wheat the same preferential advantage that is now given to Canadian and Australian wheat under the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Japan’s Diet must approve the agreement before ... Read More »

U.S.-Japan agreement good deal for wheat farmers, customers

From U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers The tariff agreement signed today by U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe is a most welcome deal that will keep exports of U.S. wheat flowing to a very large and crucial market for U.S. farmers. “This agreement puts U.S. wheat back on equal footing with ... Read More »

House, Senate take action on agency funding, spending bill

Compiled by NAWG House passes CR keeping government funded through November On Sept. 18, 2019, House leadership finalized language for a continuing resolution (CR) that would extend existing agency funding through Nov. 21, 2019, averting a shutdown on Oct. 1, 2019. In its update to the states, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) noted that “leaders did include language ... Read More »

Former ag secretaries announce support for USMCA

From American Ag Radio Network Yesterday, all former U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture since President Reagan’s Administration announced support for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Taiwan goodwill mission signs letter of intent for U.S. wheat purchases

From U.S. Wheat Associates Representatives from the Taiwan Flour Millers Association (TFMA) signed letters of intent to purchase wheat and other U.S. grown commodities over the next two years on Sept. 18, 2019, at the U.S. Capitol. Read the rest of this article here. Read More »

Comparing farm bills: What producers should be aware of

From the Farm Service Agency The 2018 Farm Bill amended the 2014 Farm Bill and reauthorized the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs with modifications. The ARC program is an income support program that provides payments when actual crop revenue declines below a specified guarantee level. The PLC program provides payments when the effective price for ... Read More »

Columbia, Snake river systems have crucial role in moving grain to port

By Michael Anderson U.S. Wheat Associates Assistant Director, West Coast Office Early in 2019, I attended a presentation given by the Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association (PNWA), Kristin Meira. In the audience were farmers eager to hear how U.S. legislators shared their interests regarding the ongoing navigability of the Columbia and Snake River systems. Open waterways are ... Read More »

Wheat Industry welcomes new U.S.-Japan trade deal

From Farm Progress There’s some good news on ag trade. President Donald Trump recently announced a trade agreement in principle between the U.S. and Japan. The U.S. Wheat Associates said in a statement that the agreement will “keep exports of U.S. wheat flowing to a “very large and crucial market for U.S. farmers.” Read the rest of the article here. Read More »