Missouri trade trip to Cuba in March

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is taking commodity group leaders with him to Cuba for a trade trip in early March. Nixon tells Brownfield Ag News that ag products will be the leader in exports from Missouri to Cuba as trade relations are eased, “Soybeans and corn have really solid potential there – we also think rice…. Read more »

Bill would create single food safety agency

A single food safety agency is the aim of a bill introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate, sponsored by two Democrats. Representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut says the Safe Food Act of 2015 would fix the “fragmented, outdated patchwork system of food safety” which “puts lives at risk.” She says the Government Accountability… Read more »

Dry winter not a reason to worry

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  It has been a relatively dry winter around much of the Midwest. However, Iowa State University Climatologist Elwynn Taylor tells Brownfield that, overall, subsoil moisture is actually quite good, “The soil moisture outlook right now we consider excellent, even though the winter’s been dry. That moisture will still be there at planting time and… Read more »

ASA disagrees with EPA on seed treatments

The American Soybean Association has publicly commented against the EPA’s conclusions in a recent report about neonic seed treatments. ASA President Wade Cowan, a grower in Texas, says “soybean producers use neonicotinoid seed treatments where they are needed and effective and don’t use them where they are not.” Last October, the EPA released an analysis – having… Read more »

Marketing year high for corn exports

USDA reports corn, wheat, and soybean meal export sales for the week ending January 15 were larger than expected, while soybean oil was within the anticipated range and soybeans were below all estimates. Physical shipments of soybeans were above what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the 2014/15 marketing year, but corn and wheat… Read more »

Study says COOL has not hurt Canadian cattle prices

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A new study from Dr. Robert Taylor, Auburn University Alfa Eminent Scholar and Professor says Canadian and Mexican cattle producers have not been hurt by the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule. Taylor says he collected data from the weekly mandatory price reporting from the last 10 years; USDA Foreign Ag Service trade data… Read more »

U.S. ag “needs” TPA

A U.S. member of a trade advisory committee for the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) says Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) would greatly help those trade talks with the European Union – and – other trade deals. Gina Tumbarello, Director of International Trade Policy with the American Feed Industry Association, tells Brownfield it would… Read more »

NCGA supports president’s call for TPA

The President of the National Corn Growers Association says the NCGA wants President Obama to have fast track trade authority. As expected, Obama asked Congress for Trade Promotion Authority in his state of the union address last night, saying the U.S. needs it to speed up new trade deals in the Asia-Pacific and Europe. NCGA… Read more »

NFU joins lawmakers against fast-track

The president of the National Farmers Union joined several Democrats in a news conference this morning who oppose Fast Track Trade Authority for the president. Tonight, President Obama is expected to call for that authority in his state of the union address. NFU President Roger Johnson says agriculture has enjoyed many years of a trade… Read more »

Global Dairy Trade index gains a point

Global Dairy Trade auction on Tuesday saw the overall index increase 1 percent from the previous sale.  Compared to the January 6th auction: butter increased 0.1 percent; skim milk powder was 1 percent higher, rennet casein increased 3.3 percent and whole milk powder was up 3.8 percent.  Sweet whey powder lost 4.1 percent, cheddar cheese was 4.3… Read more »