Dicamba: EPA Offers Clarity to Farmers in Light of Court Ruling Jun 9, 2020

🕔Jun 9, 2020
Late last week, Wall Street Journal writer Jesse Newman reported that, “Bayer AG was dealt a setback in its efforts to provide farmers with new weapons against hard-to-kill weeds, after a federal appeals […]

Soybean Exports Remain Disappointingly Low Jun 8, 2020

🕔Jun 8, 2020
Reuters columnist Karen Braun indicated on Friday that, “U.S. soybean exports had a dismal April performance and possibly an even worse showing in May as shipments to China remain historically low, but corn exports hit a […]

Ag Trade: Phase One Deal Progress – USTR Feels “Very Good” Jun 5, 2020

🕔Jun 5, 2020
Earlier this week, Bloomberg News reported that, “American soybean exporters sold several cargoes to Chinese state-run buyers, according to people familiar with the matter, showing that some transactions are still going through even after […]

U.S. Ag Exports Forecast Lowered for 2020 Jun 3, 2020

🕔Jun 3, 2020
Last week, USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) and Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) released the Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade, a quarterly report examining U.S. agricultural trade. The Outlook stated that, “The COVID-19 outbreak […]

Ag Economy: May Observations from the Federal Reserve Beige Book Jun 2, 2020

🕔Jun 2, 2020
On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve Board released its May 2020 Beige Book update, a summary of commentary on current economic conditions by Federal Reserve District. The report included several observations pertaining […]

Ag Trade: Phase One Purchases Behind Schedule, China Halts Some U.S. Farm Imports Jun 1, 2020

🕔Jun 1, 2020
David J. Lynch and Emily Rauhala reported on the front page of Saturday’s Washington Post that, “President Trump on Friday leveled an extraordinary broadside at the Chinese government, accusing it of a […]

COVID-19 Impacts on Livestock Markets Persist; Fed Says Ag Sector “Under Severe Stress” May 26, 2020

🕔May 26, 2020
Recent news articles continue to highlight the ripple effects COVID-19 is having on some aspects of the U.S. livestock market.  Meanwhile, the minutes from the Fed’s April meeting noted that, “The agricultural […]

Ag Trade: China Reiterates Pledge to Implement Phase One Agreement May 22, 2020

🕔May 22, 2020
Bloomberg News reported yesterday that, “China reiterated a pledge to implement the first phase of its trade deal with the U.S. despite setbacks from the coronavirus outbreak, and as tensions escalate between the world’s two […]

Biofuel Issues: Blending Quotas, RFS Waivers, COVID-19 Relief, and Gasoline Demand May 21, 2020

🕔May 21, 2020
Earlier this week, Bloomberg writer Jennifer A Dlouhy reported that, “The Environmental Protection Agency has drafted a plan to slightly lift biofuel-blending targets next year, while so far skirting potentially controversial decisions […]

Livestock: How Has COVID-19 Affected U.S. Pork Exports? May 19, 2020

🕔May 19, 2020
Yesterday, USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) released its monthly Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook, which included updated information regarding U.S. pork exports.  Illinois is a leading pork producing State. In part, the ERS […]

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