Daily Ag Summary

John Block: Trade and China

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This radio commentary is brought to you by the National Corn Growers Association, CropLife America, and Renewable Fuels Association. They are all friends, supporters, and allies of healthy farm economy and prosperous rural

China Could Step Up Trade War Tactics

China could ratchet up its trade war tactics against the United States as President Donald Trump has escalated the stakes between the two nations this week. Politico points out that China knows how to fight a trade war and could

Canada Dairy Group Understanding of U.S. Frustrations

The largest dairy processor in Canada says President Trump “has a point” when it comes to dairy trade between the U.S. and Canada. Lino Saputo, CEO of Saputo Inc. told Reuters, “Canada should consider eliminating its Class 7 milk policy

NPPC Testifies on Thailand Trade Issue

The National Pork Producers Council wants access to Thailand. If not granted, NPPC says Thailand’s preferential access to the U.S. should be revoked or reduced. Thailand holds a ban on imports of U.S. pork by banning products produced with ractopamine,

Plant-Based Milk Alternatives Changing Dairy Market


A new report from CoBank predicts continued double-digit growth in the plant-based milk alternatives market. The report says sales are up 61 percent over the past five years, with slower growth of 15 to 25 percent projected by 2022. At

Operation Main Street; SNAP Participation at Eight-Year low

The Pork Checkoff’s Operation Main Street is taking the story of pig farmer directly to the general public, and USDA data shows lowest participation in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program since 2011.

USDA Trade Mission Spurs Agri-Biz Deals in Japan

Stephanie Ho reports an agri-biz mission to Japan was a huge success…

Showing Hospitality to Wild Bees and Other Pollinators

bee keeper

This National Pollinator Week you can lay out the welcome mat for bumble bees and other important pollinators. Gary Crawford tells us how to do it…

Ag News Headlines for Wednesday June 20

Mountain farms are now trying to bounce back from the devastating heavy rains of May Giant Hogweed poses threat in WNC NC Gov. Cooper tours new cranes at Port of Wilmington Senator Grassley not happy with with trade war

Trade War Costly for U.S. Farmers

The trade war between the U.S. and China is proving to be costly to U.S. farmers, just as President Trump announced the intent for further tariffs. University of Illinois agriculture economist Scott Irwin this week on Twitter says the outlook