Coalition Encourages 21st Century Trade Agreement with EU

While maintaining its support for a free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union, a coalition of US food and agricultural organizations led by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) reiterated that any deal must include agriculture and that the EU must address non-tariff trade barriers.

In a letter signed by 60 organizations sent to the Office of the US Trade Representative, the coalition said it is important that any FTA with the EU be comprehensive and address impediments to trade in agricultural products.

South Carolina's Grains Trade Lower

Markets were closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the four-day Thanksgiving holiday. They’ll reopen for regular trade today. Last Wednesday in South Carolina markets… 2 Yellow Corn was 1 to 4 cents lower, 1 Yellow Soybeans were 4 to 8 cents lower, 2 Red Wheat was steady to 2 cents lower, New Crop 1 Yellow Corn had too few bids to trend, New Crop 2 Red Wheat was 1 to 3 cents lower.

At the Country Elevators; corn was 7.21 at Kingstree; 7.61 at Lynchburg and 6.44 at Estill. Processors were offering 7.61 at Orangeburg, 8.34 at Monetta, 8.16 and at Sumter, and 7.61 at Cassett.

Soybeans at South Carolina Country Elevators were 13.33 at Anderson; 13.08 at Kingstree; 13.37 at Lynchburg; 13.18 at Orangeburg; and 13.68 at Estill.

And in the South Carolina wheat market at Country Elevators—*8.01 at Anderson; 7.21 at Kingstree; *7.51 at Lynchburg; 7.45 and 7.82 at Estill.

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Commodity Classic – the annual convention and trade show of the soybean, corn, wheat and sorghum industries – is the largest farmer-led, farmer focused convention in the United States. American Soybean Association Vice President and Commodity Classic Co-Chair Bob Worth says it’s a show that’s all about what farmers want, what they are doing and the policy that affects them. With over 1,000 booths – attendees can be first in line to see what’s new and get face time with representatives from leading agricultural companies…

“We try to get the best, the newest, of what industry is presenting to farmers. In a seed line, chemical line, or technology. This is why its so important for farmers to come. Our show grows every year.”

The 2013 Commodity Classic will be in Kissimmee, Florida from February 28th through March 2nd.

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