Another cut in UK farm milk prices

It looks like U.K. dairy producers are going to take another hit. Arla has notified its 3,000 British farmers it will reduce the pay price for milk to 26.84 pence per liter on December 1st.  Company officials cite the latest 3.1 percent decline at the Global Dairy Trade auction last week as evidence of the… Read more »

Johnson urges COOL appeal

South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson, one of the original authors of the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law, is urging the administration to appeal the recent World Trade Organization ruling that he says undermines the COOL program. Johnson, along with Senators Jon Tester of Montana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, have written to U.S…. Read more »

Communicating agriculture’s message

When it comes to communicating complex issues, Richard Levick, Chairman and CEO of Levick Communications says it needs to be handled differently than other issues.  “In the internet age – it is every bit as significant as the agricultural and industrial revolutions that have proceeded it,” he says.  “But rather than be afraid of this… Read more »

Analyst: Russian potash problems won’t have major impact

A fertilizer industry analyst says a flood at a Russian potash mine, which accounts for about three percent of global potash supply, shouldn’t have much impact on potash prices in the U.S. David Asbridge, president and senior economist with NPK Fertilizer Advisory Service, doesn’t expect potash prices to rise as a result of Russian situation…. Read more »

ADM sues Syngenta over MIR162

Add ADM to the list of those filing suit against Syngenta for selling Agrisure Viptera without Chinese approval. Archer-Daniels-Midland filed the suit in Louisiana on Wednesday charging Syngenta with selling the genetically modified MIR162 variety without enacting reasonable stewardship practices to ensure it would not be shipped to markets which had not approved it. China… Read more »

Global Dairy Trade index declines further

Global Dairy Trade Auction this morning saw the overall price decline another 3.1 percent from the November 4th sale.  We did see a 1.4 percent increase in the butter milk powder price, cheddar cheese increased 5 percent, butter was 6 percent higher and anhydrous milk fat 6.1 percent above the last auction.  But that was… Read more »

China and Australia intend to lower trade barriers

China and Australia have signed a “declaration of intent” for a free trade agreement under which China will remove barriers on Australian dairy, beef, sheep and wine. In return, Australia will immediately remove tariffs on most Chinese goods with a phased-reduction of tariffs on textiles, car components and steel. All dairy tariffs, which can be… Read more »

Wisconsin ag exports up 17% YTD

Wisconsin agricultural exports have reaches nearly $2.8 billion so far this year, a 17 percent increase over the same period in 2013. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says for the first three-quarters of the year, dairy and dairy product exports are up 19 percent at $393 million. Part of that growth… Read more »

Record soybean exports

The 2013-2014 marketing year was a record year for U.S. soybean exports. The United Soybean Board reports over 2 billion bushels of soy valued at over $30 billion was sold. Those numbers are made up of more than 1.6 billion bushels of whole U.S. soybeans, meal from 484 million bushels of U.S. soybeans and oil… Read more »

U.S.-India agree on ag subsidies

It looks like a major roadblock to the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement has been resolved. The United States and India have reached an agreement on how India stockpiles food for food security reasons.  India objected to a provision in the trade proposal which bars countries from exceeding farm subsidy caps for food security reasons.  A… Read more »