Category Archives: Agriculture News

President Moves To “Dramatically Improve” Water Reliability In Central Valley

President Moves To “Dramatically Improve” Water Reliability In Central Valley

SCOTTSDALE (KMJ) — President Donald Trump has signed a presidential memorandum which promises to ultimately bring more water into the Central Valley. The directive given to the Departments of Interior and Commerce is designed to streamline the regulatory process, develop a timeline for completion, expedite environmental reviews, and convene experts, to ultimately deliver more supply…MORE

U.S. Seeking Trade Agreements with Japan, EU & UK

  The U.S. formally announced it will seek trade agreements with Japan, the European Union and the United Kingdom. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced this week that the U.S. will seek to negotiate three separate trade agreements with Japan, the EU and the U.K. The European Union has downplayed the announcement, despite ongoing exploratory…MORE

U.S. & Canada Trade Officials Discussing Next Steps

The U.S. and Canada are discussing the next steps for approving the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer visited Canada this week meeting with his Canadian counterpart, Chrystia Freeland. A spokesperson for Freeland told Bloomberg News the meeting I was an “opportunity to take stock…MORE

August Beef Exports Soar to New Heights

  U.S. beef exports set new records in August with export value topping $750 million for the first time. The U.S. Meat Export Federation says August pork exports were fairly steady with last year’s volume, but retaliatory duties in key markets continued to pressure pork export value. August beef exports totaled 119,800 metric tons,  up…MORE

GMO Labeling Law Still Expected This Year

The GMO Labeling law mandated by Congress will be established by the end of this year, according to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Perdue told Organic Insider last week that despite delays, USDA will finalize the law yet this year. Congress passed a bill in 2016 that mandated the Department of Agriculture to create and implement…MORE

Ag Committee Members Advancing Farm Bill Talks

The “big four” farm bill leaders met in an effort to advance negotiations of the conference committee. Senators Pat Roberts and Debbie Stabenow, along with Representatives Mike Conaway and Collin Peterson, met Thursday in Washington to advance the farm bill talks, even though the House of Representatives is on recess until after the midterm elections.…MORE

Congress Could Press for Trade Vote This Year

  Republicans could push for a swift vote on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement if Congressional power swings to Democrats in the November elections. Some Republicans in the Senate are pushing to approve the new trade deal this year, if the party loses majority in the House. The USMCA will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement,…MORE

Ag Economy Index Falls Sharply

  Concerns over weak farm income forced a sharp decline in the monthly Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The index dropped to a reading of 114, 15 points below its August reading of 129 and its lowest reading since October 2016. Organizers say the barometer, a sentiment index based upon a nationwide monthly survey…MORE

NAFTA Replacement USMCA “Great Step Forward” For Valley Ag

NAFTA Replacement USMCA “Great Step Forward” For Valley Ag

FRESNO (KMJ) — A new agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, could be a boost to the Central Valley’s agricultural industry, according to the Fresno County Farm Bureau. President Donald Trump’s announcement of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement Monday morning, or USMCA, specifically referenced farmers. “This new deal is an especially great victory for our…MORE

New Top Farm Dog of the Year Contest

The American Farm Bureau Federation is seeking the nation’s top farm dog. The new contest is asking farmers to submit their applications for the Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year contest. A partnership between AFBF and Nestle Purina PetCare, the contest “celebrates farm dogs who work alongside their people to bring nutritious food to…MORE