Wisconsin trade mission to Europe in April

Governor Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation are inviting interested parties to join a trade mission to Europe April 12 through 20. The delegation will attend a trade show in Hannover, Germany which focusses on industrial automation and machinery. They will then travel to Bilbao, Spain which is a center of manufacturing and… Read more »

Agreement reached in Brazilian truckers’ strike

Representatives of Brazil’s trucking industry and the government have reached an agreement that officials hope will bring an end to the nine-day Brazilian truckers’ strike. But many roadways in Brazil remained blocked on Thursday as some truckers continued to hold out for more concessions from the government. Brazil’s government has agreed to extend a year… Read more »

Ag equipment exports declined last year

Falling commodity prices and declining farm income around the world credited with a drop in farm equipment exports last year. Citing U.S. Department of Commerce data, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers says U.S. agricultural equipment exports totaled $8.5 billion in 2014 down more than 29 percent from 2013. Exports to Canada, our biggest customer totaled… Read more »

Brazil’s truckers continue strike

Efforts to end the strike by Brazil’s truckers are not entirely successful.  More than a week ago, the country’s truck drivers protested high fuel costs and other issues by blocking key roads.  The protests began in Mato Grosso, but eventually included a dozen Brazilian states.  Among other inconveniences, the blocked roads affect the movement of… Read more »

Delegation will push Missouri rice in Cuba

A Missouri delegation of 30 people leaves soon on a trade trip to Cuba.  The mission has been planned since President Obama announced a warming of U.S. and Cuba relations that have been frozen for more than 50 years.  Governor Jay Nixon says he wants to make clear to Cuba early on that the state… Read more »

Five countries have banned Canadian beef

A total of five countries have now banned imports of Canadian beef products in the wake of the recent discovery of a new BSE case in Alberta. Taiwan, Peru, Indonesia, and Belarus have joined South Korea in imposing temporary bans. But Canadian officials says those are small export markets for Canada, accounting for only three… Read more »

Asia meat buyers welcome West Coast port deal

The tentative West Coast port labor contract agreement came as good news for US meat exporters.  Joel Haggard, US Meat Export Federation senior vice president for the Asia Pacific says Asian meat buyers also welcomed the announcement. He says the import volume in that region was significant in 2014.  “The US exported approximately $2 billion… Read more »

Shipping troubles remain after agreement

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Although an agreement was reached in the West Coast port labor dispute late last week, troubles remain for agriculture and ALL products trying to reach their destinations. Bill Westman with the North American Meat Institute says time is running out, “We understand that Oakland, for instance, would take 45 days to clear what’s been stacked… Read more »

Increased truck capacity provides benefits

As Congress prepares to reauthorize the Surface Transportation Bill, (also known as the Highway Bill), the Soy Transportation Coalition is urging Congress to include increased truck capacity. STC executive director Mike Steenhoek, says a recent study looked at the impact of increasing truck weight limits on federal roads and bridges from the current 80,000 pounds… Read more »

Port issue affects meat prices

The slowdown in cold meat shipments overseas because of West Coast port slowdowns has created a backlog that is contributing to lower domestic prices for meat. Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University Professor of Economics and Finance, says those products are not reaching their intended customers in Asia, so that creates an oversupply in the U.S. … Read more »