Taiwanese trade team visits Indiana

Representatives of the Taiwan grain industry are in Indiana this week to see Indiana agriculture first hand.  Willis Cheng, a member of the trade team, tells Brownfield Taiwan imports nearly 100 percent of their corn and soybeans and says the visit allows the delegation to better understand their supplier.  “Indiana is a very important agriculture… Read more »

NCBA says COOL has to go

Following the latest rebuke by the WTO of the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is renewing its call for COOL to be repealed. “We have looked at this every way we possibly can and there is no change that the Secretary of Agriculture can make that would… Read more »

COOL Reform Coalition urges compliance first

A coalition of U.S. business groups wants Congress to intervene now that the World Trade Organization has ruled that the USDA’s remedy for Country of Origin Labeling is lacking. Chuck Connor, president and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, one of the coalition groups, says without intervening, the standing of the U.S. in… Read more »

Grassley says Congress needs to revisit COOL

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says Congress needs to “go back to the drawing board” on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). Grassley was reacting to the WTO’s ruling that USDA’s revised COOL rule unfairly discriminates against Canada and Mexico. The National Farmers Union doesn’t want Congress to tamper with the COOL law. The group argues that… Read more »

New tool measures crop yield gaps worldwide

Sub-Saharan Africa has the world’s largest gap in farm yields—70 to 90 percent below their potential—according to a new research tool unveiled at the Global Water for Food Conference in Seattle. The new web-based platform is called the Global Yield Gap and Water Productivity Atlas.  According to Frank Rijsberman, CEO of the international agricultural research… Read more »

Brazil positioning to produce more beef

A new report says Brazil is positioning to meet growing global demand for beef.  Rabobank’s Food and Agribusiness Research and Advisory group (FAR) predicts Brazil will double its feedlot capacity to 4.5 million head turning out over 9 million fed cattle annually and increasing beef production by 2.5 million tons per year by 2023. The… Read more »

Rabobank says hog market “cooling down”

Rabobank has published its quarterly Global Pork Industry Report and it says “the heated international markets are slowly cooling down.” The bank’s Food & Agribusiness Research team says that, although the peak of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) outbreak is past, the global pork industry faces another challenge from Russia’s import ban.  That ban… Read more »

WTO decision favors U.S. poultry producers

A World Trade Organization panel has found in favor of the U.S. in challenging India’s ban on poultry-meat, eggs, and live hogs.  India imposed the ban allegedly to protect against avian influenza.  The panel agreed with the U.S. assertion that India’s ban ran counter to some international trade rules, including that it was imposed without… Read more »

Global food prices soften

Global food prices have dropped.  The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) price index slipped for the sixth consecutive time, with food prices at their lowest level since August of 2010. According to the FAO index, food prices were down 2.6 percent from August, and 6 percent below September 2013.  This is the longest… Read more »

Renewable energy is a key to national security

Energy independence is a key to national security.  Retired US Air Force General Donald Hoffman, a member of the military advisory board says since World War 1, fuel has replaced fodder as our means of mobility from military actions.  He adds, “Both on the battlefield and getting to the battlefield and training and getting ready… Read more »