China has recently been buying a lot of meat. Their recent purchases are pushing up the prices of beef, pork, and poultry around the globe. Meat buyers are increasing their activity after African Swine Fever hit the country hard and reduced the size of the world’s largest pig herd by more than a third. Domestic pork prices have jumped in China and meat imports are rising in response and placing a strain on global meat supplies.
New York — The United States and Japan have been working hard to finish up provisions of a limited trade deal between the two countries for President Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to sign this week at the United Nations. However, there may be a sticking point over autos which could prove dangerous for agriculture’s interests in this deal.
Harvest season is upon us. There is always a sense of urgency to get the crop in before Mother Nature pulls the rug out from under us. We always focus on reminding folks to be mindful of the larger equipment on the road. Producers are moving implements and large trucks down many rural roads. However, farmers and rural residents also need to be aware of rural train crossings.
Trade talks continue this week between the U.S. and China as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement inches closer to reality. President Donald Trump says talks last week between the U.S. and China “were very positive.” Negotiations will continue this week ahead of high-level talks planned sometime next month. A Chinese delegation canceled U.S. farm visits last week, but apparently not because of the ongoing trade negotiations. Officials say the trips were canceled to avoid excessive media attention.
A deadly virus affecting swine populations across the globe continues its spread.
If we learned anything from 2018, it’s that nothing matters until the crop is in the bin. We dealt with many challenges to harvesting and storing our corn and soybeans. 2019 seems to be bringing issues of its own. Earlier, I talked with Dr. Charles Hurburgh of Iowa State about what he thought the challenges may be in soybeans. Now, we are hearing his thoughts on this year’s corn crop.