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Tariffs could cost fruit, nut industries over $3 billion

| Posted on August 16, 2018

The ongoing international trade turmoil between the U.S. and other countries has prompted import tariffs on many U.S. agricultural commodities in important export markets, which could hurt U.S. farmers.A new report released by the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources' Agricultural Issues Center estimates the higher tariffs could cost major U.S. fruit and nut industries $2.64 billion per year in exports to countries imposing the higher tariffs, and as much as $3.34 billion by reducing prices in alternative markets.

How vegans got it wrong on cattle & climate change

BEEF | Posted on August 16, 2018

Consumer perceptions could be changing as a shift in reporting about beef favors cattle grazing as an important part of land management

Research proves beef production nets positive use of natural resources

Beef | Posted on August 16, 2018

New research shows the net benefits of cattle production when considering natural resources used and the resulting protein source for human consumption.

Pennsylvania plan seeks ways to bolster dairy farms, including stabilizing prices

Pittsburgh Post Gazette | Posted on August 16, 2018

The Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board, an independent state agency tasked with setting milk prices and helping farmers find markets, should review whether it needs greater authority to stabilize prices.That was one of several proposals unveiled Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, which studied ways to help the state’s dairy industry survive a years-long economic crisis. The Dairy Development Plan — pulled together with input from meetings with several state agencies and dairy industry groups — laid out long-term goals as well, including investments in transportation, broadband and workforce development. New funding of $7 million for research and development into new dairy products, as well as better marketing and promotion. Economic development incentives of $15 million to bring dairy processors to Pennsylvania. Convincing 244 school districts and 64 individual schools to carry milk in cafeterias.

King says farmers want EPA action on ethanol, not $12 billion aide package

Radio Iowa | Posted on August 16, 2018

Republican Congressman Steve King today said the best thing the Trump Administration could do to alleviate farmers’ angst about the trade war would be to allow higher percentages of ethanol to be blended into gasoline year-round. “Let the market determine what that blend could be It could go E15, E20, E30, all the way up to E85,” King said. “If the administration does that, I will tell you our producers here would be happy and they would be a lot happier than the promise of $12 billion distributed. They want to earn and they want to trade.”

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says tariffs 'like weight loss'

Fox News | Posted on August 16, 2018

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told Fox News on Wednesday that President Trump's tariffs on imports from China, the European Union and other nations are "a little bit like weight loss ... it's kind of painful to start with, but you're healthier in the end."The secretary spoke to Fox News as a set of 10-percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of imported Chinese goods is due to take effect Aug. 23. The proposed tariffs affect more than 6,000 product lines, including seafood, tobacco and components used in products such as car rear-view mirrors and burglar alarms. Beijing has responded by threatening new tariffs of 5 to 25 percent on roughly 5,000 U.S. products.


Firms that bossed agriculture for a century face new threat: farmers

Wall Street Journal | Posted on August 16, 2018

Across the U.S. Farm Belt, the balance of power is swinging away from multibillion-dollar agribusinesses.For over a century, companies such as Cargill Inc. held sway over markets for U.S. corn, soybeans and wheat, quoting prices to farmers who trucked their crops to company grain elevators. Cargill and its peers would then market crops to food and beverage makers across the country. Now farmers are increasingly calling the shots. Running expanded, consolidated farms, big farm operators are pushing grain giants for better prices or striking their own deals to directly supply manufacturers, cutting out the middleman.On his farm near Tuscola, Ill., Austin Apgar, 36 years old, is preparing to send some of this fall’s harvest to market. Earlier in his 14 years of farming, Mr. Apgar said he typically trucked his crop to one of the local grain elevators, where the employees may not have known his name.Today, Cargill, facing challenges in its grain business, is working to keep him close. Two states away, Adam Hyer, a Cargill grain trader based in Ohio, is negotiating to purchase hundreds of thousands of bushels of corn from Mr. Apgar. As part of the deal, Cargill may provide semi trucks to haul it away at a discounted rate.

Brazil's farmers dump sugar for soy as trade war boosts Chinese demand

Reuters | Posted on August 16, 2018

Shifting trade flows are redefining the Brazilian landscape, spurring more farmers to align their crops with Chinese appetites. The nation’s soy plantings have expanded by 2 million hectares in two years - an area the size of New Jersey - while land used for cane shrank by nearly 400,000 hectares, according to government data. China’s growing demand for meat has supercharged soy imports for animal feed. The Asian nation paid $20.3 billion last year for 53.8 million tonnes of soybeans from Brazil, nearly half its output — and up from 22.8 million tonnes in 2012.A new 25 percent Chinese tariff on U.S. soybeans - a retaliation for U.S. levies by President Donald Trump - is expected to boost Brazil’s soy exports to an all-time record this year.Brazilian soybean exports to China rose to nearly 36 million tonnes in the first half of 2018, up 6 percent from a year ago. In July, they surged 46 percent from the same month a year earlier to 10.2 million tonnes.

Dairy Farmers Push for Solution To Low Milk Prices

WWNYTV | Posted on August 16, 2018

It's been 4 years since dairy farmers could say they earned a living wage. "It's not a good picture out there. There's a lot of desperate people. It's sad when the people that feed us can't feed themselves." said Brien Tabolt, general manager at the Lowville Producers Cheese Store.On Monday, hundreds of farmers from across the country were in Albany to put their heads together.The dairy co-op Agri-Mark organized the summit to get ideas on how to get farmers more money for the milk their cows make.You can find a list of the other ideas here.

Michigan Live | Posted on August 16, 2018

Two cases of rare swine flu have been linked to attendance at the Fowlerville Family Fair in late July.