Daily Ag Summary

Shutdown Hitting U.S. Trade Rep’s Office This Week

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has so far refused to say how the ongoing partial government shutdown will affect operations. Politico sources in the administration and industry sources all say the office would likely start furloughing employees this week. Treasury

Farm Bureau Experts Talk Trade for 2019

American Farm Bureau policy experts talked trade during a workshop at the organization’s 100th annual convention. Dave Salmonsen is the organization’s senior director of congressional relations, and says the diverse impact of tariffs, the outcomes of free trade agreement negotiations,

Commissioner Hugh Weathers: 2019 Chef Ambassadors

From the upcountry to the coast, South Carolina is home to amazing cuisine and an abundance of delicious, locally grown products. In its 5th year, the South Carolina Chef Ambassador program recognizes chefs who embody the best of South Carolina’s

Insights from Commissioner Troxler’s recent tour of food manufacturing facilities in N.C.

NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler and other ag leaders recently toured some North Carolina food manufacturing facilities in the state. He discusses his insights from tours of D’Vine Foods, Mt. Olive Pickle Company, Smithfield Foods and Blue Mountain Flavors. I

Government Shutdown: A Give and Take Needed in Negotiations

Kansas Senator Jerry Moran tells American Farm Bureau Federations attendees that a government shutdown is not the way to achieve political goals. Mike Davis reports.

Soybean Yield Beats Trendline, Corn More Variable

U.S. corn and soybean yields between 2013 and 2018 are both well above trendlines, according to the University of Illinois. Corn yields were 8.2 bushels per acre above trendline, while soybean yields were 3.7 bushels per acre above trendline. Soybeans

Yearly Sales of U.S. Tractors and Combines Rise

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers released its “Flash Report” that says the total number of tractors sold in the U.S. was up seven percent last year when compared to 2017. The number of tractors sold in 2018 totaled 235,856, seven

Business Pushing for USMCA Approval

Major U.S. businesses are putting together a large coalition to help lobby lawmakers and ask them to ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. An industry source tells Politico that up to three dozen associations across different sectors of the economy are involved.

Trump to Address Farm Bureau Convention

President Donald Trump will address the American Farm Bureau’s 100th Annual Convention on today (Monday) in New Orleans, Louisiana. It’s the second-straight year that the president will make an appearance at the Farm Bureau event. Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall

Economist Mike Walden: How to Judge the Stock Market in 2019

This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at judging the stock market in 2019.   Mike, 2018 ended with some wild swings in the stock market, prompting worries from many investors.  What