Ag Trade: U.S., China Deal Cannot Be Taken for Granted

🕔Mar 18, 2019In testimony last week before the Senate Finance Committee, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer displayed a more cautious tone in describing U.S., China trade negotiations.  Meanwhile, recent news items provided […]

Ag Economy: Feb. Observations from the Fed Reserve Beige Book

🕔Mar 12, 2019On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve Board released its February 2019 Beige Book update, a summary of commentary on current economic conditions by Federal Reserve District. The report included several observations pertaining […]

China Purchases U.S. Soybeans, Sorghum; Trade Talks Face Hurdles

🕔Mar 12, 2019Last week, China purchased U.S. soybean and sorghum exports.  Nonetheless, farmers remained concerned about a trade resolution between the U.S. and China as more melancholy reports emerge about progress in […]

USDA Data: 2019 Net Cash Farm Income Forecast 8% Increase

🕔Mar 7, 2019The USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) indicated on Wednesday that, “Net farm income, a broad measure of profits, is forecast to increase $6.3 billion (10.0 percent) from 2018 to $69.4 billion […]

Ag Trade: Trump Asks China to Lift Tariffs

🕔Mar 5, 2019On Friday, Bloomberg writers Joshua Gallu and Millie Munshi reported that, “President Donald Trump said he has asked China to immediately remove all tariffs on U.S. agriculture, including beef and […]

Net Farm Income Down Almost 50% – Ag. Sec. Perdue Tells House Ag

🕔Feb 28, 2019Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue testified on Wednesday before the House Agriculture Committee at a hearing titled, “The State of the Rural Economy.”  Lawmakers explored a variety of issues in […]

Trade Talk Deadline Expanded; China Commits to Buy More Soybeans

🕔Feb 25, 2019U.S., China trade talks resumed last week in Washington, D.C., and extended into the weekend.  As the negotiations unfolded, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue indicated that China committed to buy an additional 10 million metric […]

Farmland Values Lower; Interest Rates Rising – Federal Reserve

🕔Feb 19, 2019Last week, the Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Minneapolis released updates regarding farm income, farmland values and agricultural credit conditions from the fourth quarter of 2018. Today’s […]

Chinese Trade Talks Resume in Washington This Week

🕔Feb 18, 2019After continuing last week in Beijing, U.S., China trade talks will resume again this week in Washington, D.C.  In addition, recent news items continue to highlight impacts of the ongoing trade dispute on the farm economy. […]

Farm Income, Global Commodity Trade – USDA Projections to 2028

🕔Feb 15, 2019On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released the complete set of tables prepared for the upcoming USDA Agricultural Projections to 2028 report, which is scheduled to be released on March […]

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