Trade Talks: Roll Back of Tariffs Stymie Phase One Deal Nov 12, 2019

🕔Nov 12, 2019Josh Zumbrun, William Mauldin and Chao Deng reported on the front page of Friday’s Wall Street Journal that, “Beijing’s announcement Thursday that the U.S. and China have mutually agreed to roll […]

China “Scouring the World for Meat” as African Swine Fever Impacts Protein Markets Nov 11, 2019

🕔Nov 11, 2019Bloomberg News reported last week that, “Tang Jie, who works on a pig farm, says he used to get pork from the wet market near his home every day. But […]

Corn, Soybean Harvest Slowest Since 2009; Propane Supply a Concern Nov 6, 2019

🕔Nov 6, 2019Late last month, Des Moines Register writer Donnelle Eller reported that, “Rain has slowed the harvest across the state in recent days. National Weather Service data for Des Moines showed […]

USDA Baseline Background, Outlook, and Recent Projections Nov 5, 2019

🕔Nov 5, 2019Last week, the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) released a report (“A Deeper Look Into the USDA Crop Baseline Projections to 2028, With a Focus on Trade,” by Mark Ash, […]

Ag Trade: China’s Import Capacity Considered as Phase One Talks Continue Nov 4, 2019

🕔Nov 4, 2019Reuters writers Heather Timmons and Hallie Gu reported last week that, “U.S. President Donald Trump’s demand that Beijing commit to big purchases of American farm products has become a major […]

Biofuels: Small-Refinery Exemptions Discussed at House Committee Hearing Oct 30, 2019

🕔Oct 30, 2019Reuters writer Richard Valdmanis reported this week that, “The U.S. oil and corn industries continued a long-running public battle over America’s biofuels policy on Tuesday during a Congressional hearing about […]

Biofuels: EPA Blending Plan Disconnect- Additional Background on SREs Oct 29, 2019

🕔Oct 29, 2019Last week, Bloomberg writer Jennifer A Dlouhy reported that, “Administration officials warned that an EPA plan for boosting biofuel-blending requirements violated the spirit of a deal brokered by President Donald Trump. “The White House blessed it […]

China Trade Deal Progress? Purchase of Some U.S. Soybeans. Oct 28, 2019

🕔Oct 28, 2019Bloomberg writers Michael Hirtzer and Tatiana Freitas reported last week that, “China is clearing the way for more purchases of American soybeans in an apparent boon for U.S. farmers. There’s just one thing getting in the […]

Kansas City Fed: Farm Lending Growth Slows, Sector Weakness Persists Oct 23, 2019

🕔Oct 23, 2019In an update last week from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (“Farm Lending Slows but Remains High“) Cortney Cowley and Ty Kreitman stated that, “Growth in farm lending activity […]

Ag Trade: Progress on Chinese Deal, Soy Processors See Additional Tariff Waivers Oct 22, 2019

🕔Oct 22, 2019Reuters writer Dominique Patton reported last week that, “China is still a long way from forking out $50 billion for farm goods from the United States, agriculture industry analysts said […]

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