Category Archives: Agriculture News

CoBank: Record Rains, Trade Problems Upend Ag Economy

  CoBank says the world’s economy is continuing to slow down and the ongoing U.S.-China trade dispute is one of the reasons. While there are hopes that the two countries will continue talks, CoBank says optimism for the trade dispute ending in 2019 is fading. In addition to the trade challenges, too much rainfall has…MORE

Pelosi Wants “Surgical” Changes to USMCA

  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement may need to be opened up again and changed with “surgical precision” before the House will vote on it. “It wouldn’t be like we’re opening it up and inviting a free-for-all,” she said last week. The deal requires all three countries involved to ratify the agreement…MORE

USDA Will Defend Trade Aid at WTO

  The World Trade Organization has been receiving complaints about the aid money that California and other farmers in our nation are getting from the government. However, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says he’s not concerned that the payments will be a problem. “We had to design a program very carefully to make sure we do…MORE

Perdue Says Farmers Are “A Casualty” in Trade War

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue acknowledged in an interview earlier this week that farmers are “casualties” in President Trump’s trade war with China. Perdue told CNN he didn’t think a trade deal was likely this weekend when Trump and Chinese President Xi meet in Japan. He’s now hoping a deal can be reached by the…MORE

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