Navigable Waters Protection Rule – A New Definition of WOTUS Jan 24, 2020

🕔Jan 24, 2020
A news release from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday stated that, “Today, at an event at the National Association of Home Builders International Builders’ Show in Las […]

Farm Lending Declines For 2nd Quarter – Kansas City Fed Jan 22, 2020

🕔Jan 22, 2020
In an update last week from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (“Farm Lending Declines at End of 2019“), Nathan Kauffman stated that, “The volume of agricultural lending at commercial banks […]

Ag Economy: Jan. Observations from the Fed – Beige Book Jan 21, 2020

🕔Jan 21, 2020
Last week, the Federal Reserve Board released its January 2020 Beige Book update, a summary of commentary on current economic conditions by Federal Reserve District. The report included several observations […]

Ag Trade: Uncertainty Lingers Regarding Chinese Purchases of U.S. Goods Jan 21, 2020

🕔Jan 21, 2020
Bloomberg writers Mike Dorning and Michael Hirtzer reported last week that, “President Donald Trump’s phase-one trade deal with China offers the promise of more overseas sales for American farmers, but […]

Ag Trade: Senate Passes USMCA, Providing Reassurance, Certainty to Farmers Jan 17, 2020

🕔Jan 17, 2020
Just one day after the U.S. and China signed a Phase One trade deal, the Senate passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA). Wall Street Journal writer William Mauldin reported on […]

Ag Purchases Included in Signing of Phase One Trade Deal Jan 16, 2020

🕔Jan 16, 2020
Financial Times writer James Politi reported on Wednesday that, “The US and China have signed an agreement to pause the trade war that has weighed on the global economy for […]

Livestock: African Swine Fever Continues to Propel “Profound” Market Changes Jan 14, 2020

🕔Jan 14, 2020
Last week, Financial Times writers Emiko Terazono, Andres Schipani and Jamie Smyth reported that, “China’s African swine fever epidemic has dramatically reshaped the global meat market and its trade patterns in the 18 months since the […]

Ag Trade: “Dimmed” Hopes China Can Double U.S. Farm Purchases In 2020 Jan 13, 2020

🕔Jan 13, 2020
Lingling Wei reported in Friday’s Wall Street Journal that, “Chinese President Xi Jinping’s chief trade negotiator will travel to Washington early next week to sign a phase-one trade deal with the U.S., China’s […]

USMCA Moving Forward, Timeline Uncertain Jan 9, 2020

🕔Jan 9, 2020
William Mauldin reported in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal that, “A Senate committee approved a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement, despite criticism from some lawmakers that it lacks sufficient […]

Ag Credit Survey: “Overall Weaker Conditions” – Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Jan 8, 2020

🕔Jan 8, 2020
Last week, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas released its Agricultural Survey for the Fourth Quarter of 2019. In part, the update stated that, “Bankers responding to the fourth-quarter survey […]

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