Biofuels: Progress on Tentative Blending Agreement

🕔Sep 17, 2019Reuters writers Stephanie Kelly and Jarrett Renshaw reported last week that, “White House officials on Wednesday urged U.S. biofuel producers and oil refiners to accept a deal to lift biofuel […]

Trade Tensions Simmer; China Purchases U.S. Farm Goods

🕔Sep 16, 2019On Thursday, Wall Street Journal writers Lingling Wei, Chao Deng and Josh Zumbrun reported that, “China is looking to narrow the scope of its negotiations with the U.S. to only trade matters, seeking […]

Ag Economy: Trade Continues to Hurt Farmers; Direct Payments to Increase

🕔Sep 11, 2019Last week, the Federal Reserve Board released its August 2019 Beige Book update, a summary of commentary on current economic conditions by Federal Reserve District. The report included several observations […]

Trade Talks to Resume; Ag Export Markets Continue to Adjust

🕔Sep 10, 2019Bloomberg writers Michael Hirtzer and Dominic Carey reported last week that, “The trade war between the U.S. and China continues to surprise agricultural markets, even delivering an unexpected reprieve for […]

Trump’s Biofuels Plan Falls Short of Expectations

🕔Sep 9, 2019Reuters writers Chris Prentice and Stephanie Kelly reported late last week that, “U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to meet with Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency officials late Thursday to consider a plan that […]

Rosy Farm Income Projections – Explanations?

🕔Sep 3, 2019Rosey Farm Income Projections – Explanations? The USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) indicated on Friday that, “Net farm income, a broad measure of profits, is forecast to increase $4.0 billion […]

Ag Trade: U.S., Japan Reach a Deal… ‘in Principle’

🕔Aug 28, 2019Wall Street Journal writer Rebecca Ballhaus reported earlier this week that, “President Trump said Sunday the U.S. and Japan had reached a trade deal ‘in principle’ that would pave the […]

Trump Looks at Biofuel-Blending Quotas to Mitigate Fallout from Waivers

🕔Aug 27, 2019Recall that earlier this month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted 31 small refinery biofuel waivers for 2018.  Trump administration officials then huddled early last week to consider how to contain negative […]

U.S. Farm Goods Targeted Again as Trade War Escalates

🕔Aug 26, 2019Alan Rappeport and Keith Bradsher reported on the front page of Saturday’s New York Times that, “On Friday, China said it would increase tariffs on $75 billion worth of American goods, including crude […]

Ag Economy: Yield Assessments Uncertain After ‘Planting Season from Hell’

🕔Aug 23, 2019Wall Street Journal writer Lauren Silva Laughlin reported earlier this month that, “Losses are popping up in farmers’ income statements and the pain can be seen in the share prices […]

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