Category Archives: Agriculture News

Deportation Delay Won’t Lead to Immigration Deal

  Agriculture may be waiting a while for the nation to improve the immigration program it relies on to provide farm laborers. President Donald Trump agreed to a two-week postponement of mass deportation of illegal immigrants while asking Congress to work out an agreement on changes to the nation’s asylum laws. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi…MORE

New Tariffs Could Hit Pesticides

  The pesticide industry is asking the Trump administration to exempt its chemical imports from China from the potential $300 billion in new 25% tariffs the president is threatening to impose next month on Chinese goods. CropLife America and a specialty chemical trade group filed comments with the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office. Those comments say…MORE

Honey Bee Losses Increase

  Bee colony death numbers are continuing to climb. The Bee Informed Partnership released its latest survey last week, saying U.S. beekeepers lost 40 percent of their colonies last winter. That’s the largest number of overwintering hive losses since the survey began more than a decade ago. The total annual loss in 2018 was estimated…MORE

Poultry Industry Cooling Down

  Poultry profitability is coming under pressure as prices decline amid growing supplies. A new report from CoBank says the U.S. chicken industry has experienced an unprecedented run of historic profitability since 2012 and responded by significantly increasing production and processing capacity. Six new poultry processing plants are expected to be operating by 2020, while…MORE

Farm Trade Relief May Violate World Trade Rules

  The European Union and China, along with five others, are criticizing President Trump’s $16 billion trade relief program for farmers, claiming it may violate world trade rules. Specifically, the assistance program could exceed the nation’s WTO subsidy commitments and influence U.S. planting decisions, according to Bloomberg News. Last month, USDA announced new Market Facilitation…MORE

Californians & Others Sickened from Backyard Poultry

  More people are getting sick from backyard poultry flocks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says an additional 227 people have become ill from Salmonella in backyard poultry flocks since May. The ongoing investigation has overall confirmed 279 illnesses in 41 states, including California. People who got sick reported getting chicks and ducklings…MORE

India Slaps 70% Tariff on U.S. Almonds, Apples

India Slaps 70% Tariff on U.S. Almonds, Apples

India’s decision to slap new tariffs on American goods over the weekend escalates a trade battle with the United States that may not be worth fighting and could backfire. The Indian tariffs on 28 US products including almonds, apples and some chemicals went into effect Sunday. While New Delhi says the heightened duties are in retaliation for US…MORE

Dairy Employees Get Year Round H-2A

  The American Dairy Coalition and its members across the country are pleased with the passage of the Cellar-Newhouse Amendment. It allows year-round dairy employees to utilize the H-2A visa program. The coalition says without a tool to provide the nation’s dairy farmers with a reliable workforce, farms will struggle to grow or sustain their…MORE

Dairy Margin Coverage Signup Starts on June 17th

Signup for the new Dairy Margin Coverage Program begins on June 17th. It’s operated by the Farm Service Agency and is a big part of the dairy safety net designed to help dairy farmers manage the volatility of milk and feed prices. The new program offers protection for dairy farmers when the difference between the…MORE

Massive Ag Coalition Urges USMCA Ratification

  More than 950 agribusinesses and farm groups are urging Congress to ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement quickly. Canada, Mexico and the U.S. have all taken the first steps towards ratifying the agreement that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. However, recent threats of additional tariffs, and the slow pace of politics, are concerning…MORE