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Ag Trade: NAFTA Renegotiation Talks Extended – U.S. Dairy Proposal Rejected

Ag Trade: NAFTA Renegotiation Talks Extended – U.S. Dairy Proposal Rejected

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Oct 18, 2017

Background Ana Swanson reported on Tuesday at The New York Times Online that, “Until Tuesday, the North American Free Trade Agreement looked like it might be headed for a quick demise. Now, it could be headed for a slow, painful

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Livestock Market: China’s Meat and Poultry Import Forecast, 2018

Livestock Market: China’s Meat and Poultry Import Forecast, 2018

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Oct 16, 2017

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)  released its biannual “Livestock and Poultry: World Markets and Trade” report.  Published in April and October, the report is “designed to give a snapshot of the current situation among the major players

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Ag Trade: USDA Releases Updated Data on U.S. Exports

Ag Trade: USDA Releases Updated Data on U.S. Exports

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Oct 10, 2017

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture updated its monthly agricultural trade data. Today’s update includes an overview of some observations from the data with a focus on corn, soybeans, wheat and livestock. Background A report on Thursday by Gary Crawford of

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Farm Bill: Senate Hearings – Trade, and Conservation Reserve Program Examined

Farm Bill: Senate Hearings – Trade, and Conservation Reserve Program Examined

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Oct 6, 2017

On Thursday, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing to consider three nominees for key trade positions, while the Senate Ag Committee questioned two nominees for Undersecretary posts at the USDA.  Today’s update highlights some key points from the hearings,

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Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas: Demand for Ag Loans Decrease for 8th Quarter

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas: Demand for Ag Loans Decrease for 8th Quarter

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Oct 5, 2017

Earlier this week, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas released its Agricultural Credit Survey for the third quarter of 2017. The Fed update indicated that, “Demand for agricultural loans overall decreased for the eighth consecutive quarter. Loan renewals and extensions

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Rural Economy: Farm Income and Manufacturing Are Both Important Variables

Rural Economy: Farm Income and Manufacturing Are Both Important Variables

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Oct 4, 2017

Farm Earnings The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) indicated in a news release last week that, “State personal income grew 0.7 percent on average in the second quarter of 2017, after increasing 1.4 percent in the first quarter, according to estimates released

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Farm Finances: Financial Stress in Iowa Farms – 2014-2016

Farm Finances: Financial Stress in Iowa Farms – 2014-2016

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Oct 2, 2017

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension Economist Alejandro Plastina penned a recent article titled, “Financial Stress in Iowa Farms: 2014-2016.”  Today’s update recaps some of the key findings from the ISU article. The article explained that, “Iowa farm financial conditions have deteriorated since

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Senate Farm Bill Hearing, Rural Development: Broadband Access, Opioid Epidemic Noted

Senate Farm Bill Hearing, Rural Development: Broadband Access, Opioid Epidemic Noted

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Sep 29, 2017

On Thursday, the Senate Agriculture Committee held its ninth Farm Bill hearing where the panel turned its attention to rural development and energy programs.  Recall that a House Agriculture Subcommittee explored similar issues back in March.   Today’s update provides a

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‘Drowning In Grain’- Reuters Special Report on Global Grains Glut

‘Drowning In Grain’- Reuters Special Report on Global Grains Glut

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Sep 28, 2017

Reuters writer Rod Nickel reported yesterday that, “On Canada’s fertile Prairies, dominated by the yellows and golds of canola and wheat, summers are too short to grow corn on a major scale. “But Monsanto Co is working to develop what

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Farm Policy: USDA Analysis of the Federal Crop Insurance Portfolio

Farm Policy: USDA Analysis of the Federal Crop Insurance Portfolio

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Sep 25, 2017

Last week, the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) released an analysis of the Federal crop insurance portfolio titled, “The Risk Management Safety Net: Market Penetration and Market Potential.” Today’s update recaps some of the key findings from the RMA report. The report

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