Dairy and the TPP talks

There are mixed reports regarding dairy coming out of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade talks in Hawaii. While some reports say the talks have bogged-down, Canada’s Globe and Mail says Ottawa has apparently made some type of offer to the United States. Japan’s Minister for Economic and Fiscal Policy said the Canadians were “putting their… Read more »

Grassley: Canada ‘intellectually dishonest’ over COOL

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Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley isn’t buying Canada’s objection to establishing a voluntary country of origin labeling (COOL) program in the U.S. “It seems to me they’re being intellectually dishonest,” Grassley says. “When we do exactly what they’re doing, why wouldn’t that satisfy them?” Canada has its own voluntary labeling program for food products. But Canadian… Read more »

Illinois grain company files for Chapter 11

An Illinois grain shipping company has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, blaming problems caused by China’s rejection of corn shipments that began in late 2013. According to Dow Jones, a letter from the president of Trans Coastal Supply Company of Decatur, Illinois to employees said the company had been led to believe by Syngenta that… Read more »

A big week for TPP negotiators

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The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement could take a big step forward this week as top trade negotiators from the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim countries meet on the Hawaiian island of Maui. By most accounts, TPP negotiators have narrowed their focus to a number of key issues and are under pressure to… Read more »

French farmers protest milk and meat prices

France wants the European Union to raise the intervention price for milk. While the E.U. has dropped its milk production caps, it has maintained the intervention program which buys-up excess skim milk powder and butter in times of low prices. The EU invention price is $1,698 Euros per metric ton of skim milk powder, the… Read more »

Corn prices likely to remain at current levels

The price of corn continues to be a concern. Wells Fargo ag economist Michael Swanson says “Four dollar to $4.50 corn will not be unusual.”  He says there is increased pressure from the global marketplace.  “Look at the crop the Brazilians are growing – they can grow a lot of corn at $4.00 and $4.50,”… Read more »

COOL measures introduced in Senate

Two pieces of legislation related to country of origin labeling (COOL) have been introduced in the U.S. Senate. Legislation introduced by Senate Ag Committee chairman Pat Roberts would repeal COOL requirements for beef, pork and poultry. Roberts says it will prevent retaliatory tariffs by Mexico and Canada. His measure mirrors the action taken by the… Read more »

Parts of Indiana could see total crop loss

Some farmers in southwest Indiana are looking at total crop loss from this year’s flooding. Just looking at the river bottom farm ground – it looks like the river is just really high.  While that is the case – that isn’t the whole story. Randy Kron farms in southwest Indiana and has about 500 acres… Read more »

COOL debate continues

The debate over country of origin labeling (COOL) continues. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is urging Senators to take up legislation to repeal COOL before they leave town in early August for a month-long recess. NPPC says full repeal of COOL is necessary to avoid retaliatory tariffs by Canada and Mexico. Colin Woodall, vice… Read more »

Working to preserve technology

Christine Brunel–Ligneau, Head of Integrated Weed Management at Bayer CropScience says Bayer’s Respect the Rotation program is an effort to have a conversation about the importance of integrated weed management.  “We want to create a stewardship program and have farmers set up the right practices to fight weed resistance,” she says. Ligneau tells Brownfield farmers around… Read more »