Farm organizations send trade letter to Trump

On May 31, 2018, U.S. Wheat, the National Association of Wheat Growers and 16 other U.S. agricultural organizations sent a letter to President Trump expressing hope that he will “prioritize negotiations with China to resolve many longstanding obstacles to U.S. agricultural exports while avoiding mutually destructive tariffs. In the letter, the organizations agree that there are certainly major problems in ... Read More »

NWF Blog: A snapshot of Agri-Pulse’s ‘Export or Bust’ trade series

Taylre Beaty NAWG Spring/Summer 2018 Intern This spring, Agri-Pulse published a five-part series, Export or Bust, that focuses on the importance of positive trade relationships and export markets to American farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses. The series covers the impact that trade has on farm profitability, updates on trade negotiations, and shares the voices of agricultural groups who are working to ... Read More »

One-year extension available to some expiring CRP contracts

From the Farm Service Agency As part of a 33-year effort to protect sensitive lands and improve water quality and wildlife habitat on private lands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will resume accepting applications for the voluntary Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Eligible farmers, ranchers, and private landowners can sign up at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office between ... Read More »

White House announces tariffs on China; NAWG communicates importance of expanding trade

From the National Association of Wheat Growers The White House has announced that they will be moving forward with tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods, details of which will be released on June 15.  When these potential tariffs were first publicly proposed, China announced they would retaliate in kind, mainly focusing on agricultural and chemical goods, including a ... Read More »

US exporters on the offensive to maintain, build market share

For the past few weeks, Agri-Pulse has been running a series of indepth articles about agricultural trade. Here’s the fifth and final article. Links to the first four are at the bottom of this page. From Agri-Pulse John Baize was on a mission to sell more U.S. soybean oil in Egypt. But there was a problem, according to the government ... Read More »

NAWG statement on House failure to pass farm bill

Today, H.R. 2 Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, or the 2018 Farm Bill, failed to garner the needed votes to pass out of the House. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President and Sentinel, Okla., farmer Jimmie Musick made the following statement: “NAWG is disappointed that the farm bill reauthorization process has stalled. Between low commodity prices, a ... Read More »

Conservative revolt over immigration sinks House farm bill

From the Capital Press In an embarrassment for House Republican leaders, conservatives on Friday scuttled a bill that combines stricter work and job training requirements for food stamp recipients with a renewal of farm subsidies popular in GOP-leaning farm country. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

NAWG board of director testifies on devastating impacts of tariffs

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Representatives from several agriculture groups testified this week on the Section 301 tariffs proposed by the Trump administration on such goods as steel and aluminum imported into the country. Industry leaders fear, as a response from other countries, that the U.S. will face tariffs on our commodities which could drastically harm the already ... Read More »

Columbia River Treaty negotiator hears comments, concerns

By Trista Crossley In recent months, much of the media spotlight has been focused on the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, but negotiations are about to start on another agreement critical to Pacific Northwest agriculture—the Columbia River Treaty between the U.S. and Canada. Jill Smail, the negotiator for the Columbia River Treaty, visited Spokane, Wash., ... Read More »

Brazil, other competitors aim to win U.S export markets

For the past few weeks, Agri-Pulse has been running a series of indepth articles about agricultural trade. Here’s the fourth article. Links to the first three are at the bottom of this page. From Agri-Pulse You won’t find any tourists in the muddy, mosquito-ridden town of Barcarena in Brazil’s state of Pará, but you can’t miss the almost constant parade ... Read More »