Grassley says TPP faces “difficult” road in Congress

The Obama Administration faces a big challenge in convincing Congress to ratify the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, according to Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley. “I think it’s going to be very, very difficult to get it through, based upon opposition that was expressed during the month of June when we had this up here,”… Read more »

Nebraska’s soybean harvest nears one-third mark

Nebraska’s soybean harvest was 31 percent complete as of Sunday, slightly behind the five-year average. The state’s corn harvest reached 15 percent compared to the 24 percent average. But for some, the start of harvest is still a few days away. Been Keep farms near Scotia in central Nebraska. “A few neighbors have started on… Read more »

Iowa’s soybean harvest advanced 25 percent last week

Iowa farmers harvested a quarter of the state’s 10 million acres of soybeans last week. According to the weekly crop progress report, soybean harvest advanced from seven percent to 32 percent complete, which is one day behind the five-year average. Corn harvest stood at 13 percent, eight days behind average. The moisture content of all… Read more »

NPPC confident TPP deal good for U.S. pork

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The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) says the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement will help ensure that exports of U.S. pork products remain competitive in Asian markets. Brownfield discussed the agreement Monday morning with Nick Giordano, who oversees trade matters for NPPC. Giordano says NPPC reserves final judgment on the TPP package until it… Read more »

Ag groups react to agreement on TPP

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  Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators have reached agreement on the 12-nation free trade pact. Although specific details have not been released, Nick Giordano with the National Pork Producers Council tells Brownfield he’s confident it will be a good deal for pork producers. “NPPC will be looking the deal over very closely before we determine… Read more »

Agreement reached on TPP trade deal

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Several news outlets are reporting that Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators have reached agreement on the controversial free-trade pact. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office said a news conference would take place this morning to discuss the accord. The agreement still faces what is likely to be a contentious battle for ratification by the U.S. Congress. Lawmakers… Read more »

TPP talks drag on

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The Trans Pacific Partnership trade talks continued through the weekend in Atlanta and there were reports late Sunday evening that negotiators had reached an agreement “in principle”. However, other news sources reported that the talks were now being extended in Monday, indicating some issues remained unresolved. Dairy continued to be one of the final sticking points… Read more »

Urban high school ag education programs are popular

Agriculture education programs are blooming in inner-city high schools. One example is the Bryan High School Urban Ag Academy in Omaha, which is in its fourth year of operation. There are more than 120 students in the ag academy program and the school’s FFA chapter has 98 members, making it the largest FFA chapter in… Read more »

TPP talks extended

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Agricultural issues continue to be a sticking point in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, according to reports coming out of the latest TPP talks in Atlanta, Georgia. Negotiations were scheduled to end Thursday, but were extended into today and may even continue into the weekend. One of the more contentious issues is Canada’s hesitation… Read more »

Cleaning up the ‘mess’ in the fed cattle market

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Large supplies of extremely heavy cattle continue to weigh on fed cattle prices. Oklahoma State University Extension livestock marketing specialist Derrell Peel says the only real fix at this point is for cattle feeders to take their lumps and, in his words, “cough up the heavy cattle”.  Peel says it will likely take another two… Read more »