Category Archives: Agriculture News

Dairy Seeks Swift Trade Deal with Japan

  A coalition of U.S. dairy groups is urging the Trump administration to reach a trade agreement with Japan quickly. More than 70 dairy groups and companies sent a letter to Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue this week asking the administration to finalize a strong trade deal with Japan. The coalition,…MORE

Decrease in Poultry Antibiotics Study

  A new report on antimicrobial use in broiler chicken and turkey farms shows antibiotics use has decreased from 93% to 17% since 2013. The U.S. Poultry and Egg Association announced the findings as part of its commitment to transparency and sustainability. The report represents a 5 year data set, collected between 2013 and 2017.…MORE

Wheat Farmers Angry About Trump Comments

  President Donald Trump’s recent comments on wheat exports to Japan have generated some negative press among one of his biggest groups of supporters. The Hagstrom Report says when the president was speaking in Pennsylvania, one of the topics was the U.S. trade deficit with Japan. Trump said, “They send thousands, even millions of cars…MORE

Ag Retailers Association Supports Hours of Service Reforms

  The Agricultural Retailers Association supports the proposed reform to hours of service published this week by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says the proposed changes will improve safety and flexibility for commercial drivers. ARA says the reforms, including the short haul exemption expansion for CDL drivers to…MORE

Trump Delays Tariff Hike

  The Trump administration will delay part of a planned tariff increase on China until December. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office made the announcement that the administration would not implement the planned tariffs. Instead, the tariffs will be implemented December 15th. USTR Robert Lighthizer says certain products are even being removed from the tariff list…MORE

California Sues EPA Over Chlorpyrifos

  An Agri-Pulse report says that six states, including California, have filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency. The suit alleges that the EPA’s decision to allow continued use of Chlorpyrifos didn’t ensure that infants and children were protected. “Chlorpyrifos causes significant harm to our children, farmworkers, and vulnerable communities,” says California Governor Gavin…MORE

Lawmakers Ask USDA to Defend Small Livestock Producers

  A letter from two U.S. senators urges the Department of Agriculture to provide protections for livestock and poultry farmers against unfair and deceptive practices by meatpackers. Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa and John Tester of Montana, calling themselves the only farmers in the Senate, outlined key to help farmers compete with large corporations. The…MORE

U.S. Tariff Bill Spikes to $6 Billion Monthly

  Tariffs are now costing the U.S. up to $6 billion a month, according to Tariffs Hurt the Heartland. The trade group says American businesses and consumers paid $6 billion in tariffs in June 2019, one of the highest tariffed months in U.S. history. The June figure is up 2.5 billion, or 74%, from the…MORE

China Responds to Money Manipulation Claims

  China warns the escalating trade war will result in financial market chaos. China has already announced the stoppage of purchases of U.S. agricultural products after Trump planned to enact additional tariffs of 10 percent next month. China also devalued its currency, leading the Trump administration to classify China as a currency manipulator. In a…MORE

Cal Ag Could Benefit from Japan Trade Deal

  Any potential trade deal between the U.S. and Japan will include big gains for farmers and ranchers. Politico says that statement comes directly from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. He says in written comments to the Senate Finance Committee that ag producers will see “significant new opportunities for agricultural exports” once any agreement gets…MORE