Monthly Archives: September 2020

Beijing Shunning Food from Virus Hot Spots

Beijing has asked frozen food importers to not bring in products from counties with severe coronavirus. The Beijing Municipal Commerce Bureau said in a statement issued to import companies, “Customs and local governments have repeatedly detected the coronavirus in imported

High Tariffs Expected on Good Exported to U.K.

The United States and the United Kingdom have wrapped up a fourth round of trade talks with another round planned for mid-October. Chief Ag Negotiator with the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office, Gregg Doud, spoke Monday during an Agri-Pulse and Kansas

SC Commissioner Hugh Weathers: Produce Safety Rule

Farmers can now apply online for a Produce Safety Rule exemption. Here to tell us more about this new tool is SC Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers. SCDA has created a new digital application tool for Produce Safety exemptions, making it

NC Commissioner Steve Troxler: Watch for Nematode Damage in Sweet Potatoes

With the sweet potato harvest, growers are urged to keep watch for nematode damage and may want to consider molecular diagnostic testing if they are found. This is a service of the Agronomic Services Nematode Lab. We are into harvest

CFAP, Higher Prices Improve Farm Income Outlook

Grain farm income is looking better for the year.  There are three reasons for corn and soybean farmers to be more optimistic about making some money this year. University of Illinois Extension agricultural economist Gary Schnitkey says it starts with

The Economic Perspective: “Spending on Goods and Services During the Pandemic”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at spending on goods and services during the pandemic.  Mike, economists distinguish between two types of spending: those on manufactured products – called “goods”

AGs Against Eliminating Swine Slaughter Line Speeds

Seven states’ attorneys general and two agriculture groups get to file briefs in a lawsuit challenging a USDA rule that eliminated line-speed limits at swine slaughter plants. On October 1 of last year, the Food Safety Inspection Service finalized the

Rice Farmers May Someday be Fish Farmers, as Well.

Fish and rice are foods that often are served together. Soon there may be another reason to connect rice with fish. Gary Crawford has more.

“Menu Urbano” to Promote Pork to Latino Population

The U.S. Hispanic population consume more pork than non-Hispanics, per capita. Pork Checkoff Senior Director of Multicultural Marketing Jose de Jesus says that audience is being reached with a new promotion called Menu Urbano. Street food is a huge part

Senate Ag Chair Says Ad-Hoc Disaster Assistance Can’t Continue

Replenishing funds for the Commodity Credit Corporation is typically an easy decision in Washington D.C. among lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle. However, that’s not the case in 2020. Several lawmakers have expressed hesitation in renewing the funding