Ag Trade: Some Good News, More Problems Remain

🕔May 20, 2019Executive branch policy action last week resulted in some very welcome good news for U.S. agriculture.  Metal import tariffs on Canada and Mexico were lifted, improving the outlook for the USMCA […]

Ag Trade: U.S.-China Dispute Escalates; Some Aid Details Emerge

🕔May 16, 2019The U.S., China trade dispute escalated this week, weighing on some agricultural markets.   Meanwhile, news reports indicate that the executive branch is working on additional trade aid for farmers […]

Ag Trade: Trump Offers Aid to Farmers – Chinese Talks at Impasse

🕔May 13, 2019Last week, the United States made good on a threat to increase trade tariffs on China.  Some agricultural markets roiled on the news, and President Trump offered policy assistance to […]

Ag Economy: Financial Pressure Mounting on Farmers Across the Country

🕔May 10, 2019On Thursday, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a hearing titled, “Reviewing the State of the Farm Economy.” Today’s updates provides a brief recap […]

Ag Trade: Trump Threatens More Chinese Tariffs, to Go into Effect Friday

🕔May 7, 2019Reuters writers Jeff Mason and David Shepardson reported this week that, “President Donald Trump dramatically increased pressure on China to reach a trade deal by announcing on Sunday he would […]

Ag Banks Make Adjustments – Kansas City Fed

🕔May 6, 2019An update last month from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (“Ag Banks Make Adjustments as Lending Remains Elevated,” by Cortney Cowley and Ty Kreitman) stated that, “According to the National Survey […]

Ag Lending: Farmland Loans Half of Total Ag Debt

🕔Apr 30, 2019Last week, the American Bankers Association (ABA) released its annual Farm Bank Performance Report.  Today’s update includes several highlights from the ABA update. The ABA report indicated that, “The U.S. […]

Ag Trade: African Swine Fever – Opportunities and Concerns

🕔Apr 29, 2019News items continue to highlight the ongoing impacts of African Swine Fever (ASF).  In addition to explaining some of the market effects of the disease, recent articles have also addressed under-reporting […]

Ag Trade: Growing Meat Demand, Feedstuffs Imports in Southeast Asia

🕔Apr 25, 2019Earlier this month, the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) published an article (“Southeast Asia’s Growing Meat Demand and Its Implications for Feedstuffs Imports,” by Tani Lee and James Hansen) which […]

U.S., China Trade Talks – Planned Timeline and Ag Issues

🕔Apr 23, 2019Recent news developments point to a potential timeline for ongoing U.S., China trade negotiations.  More narrowly, articles have also discussed agricultural variables that have arisen in the talks; and as […]

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