It appears little change for dairy in TPP

It appears there is minimal movement in dairy policy in the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal announced Monday. Dairy was one of the main sticking points in the negotiations as the U.S. wanted more access to the Canadian market before granting New Zealand more access to the U.S. market. The Canadian government says the deal… Read more »

NCC hopes for Canadian access in TPP deal

The National Chicken Council (NCC) says it hopes there’s good news about Canada in the just-announced final agreement of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Council spokesman Tom Super tells Brownfield Ag News they hope the “long-protected” Canadian market will be opened to free trade for poultry which he says would be a win for U.S…. 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 »

Ag prof analyzes Syngenta ruling

A federal court ruling on the case against Syngenta has been analyzed by an agricultural law professor. Bryan Endres, associate arofessor of Agricultural Law with the University of Illinois, says it was the first substantive ruling by a court on some of the legal issues based on Syngenta’s order to dismiss the case. Endres tells Brownfield Ag News, “Syngenta… Read more »

Slightly higher pork supplies in 2016

An ag economist says the pork industry will see slightly higher supplies in 2016. Purdue’s Chris Hurt says the industry is estimating a 1 percent increase for next year.  “The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus was the big event for pork supplies a year ago in 2014 but we’ve largely worked through that and returned largely… Read more »

Educating poultry producers about avian influenza

A poultry veterinarian is working to educate poultry producers on tightening biosecurity to prevent an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Ohio.  Ohio State University Extension’s Dr. Mohamed El-Gazzar says HPAI presents two main types of challenges – the virus itself and the logistics of disease control. Extension is working with producers to learn… Read more »

Some yields have been surprising

Harvest is in full swing and southwest Indiana farmer Don Villwock says farmers have been surprised at yields.  “After going through all the monsoons, I think we were really expecting the worst to happen,” he says.  “We’ve been surprised at the yield – especially on the high ground.” Villwock also farms in the river bottoms… Read more »

Oilseed and Grain Trade Summit celebrates 10th year

The Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis is where hundreds have gathered to address key issues affecting the global oilseed and feed grain sector. HighQuest Consulting helped organize the Summit and managing director Philippe de Laperouse says stakeholders are learning about changes to the value chain. “In terms of market trends, consumer trends (and) trends relative… Read more »