Trade officials begin USMCA summit

IARN — Trade talks are underway between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, as part of a two-day summit regarding the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The agreement is nearing its first anniversary, and there are a handful of issues of concern. There are continuing labor concerns between the U.S. and Mexico and trade barriers in place by Mexico and Canada. Read more

Farmers focus on grain markets post-WASDE

IARN — A market analyst believes Thursday’s pullback in the grain sector was healthy for the market.

One day after the USDA released the May WASDE Report, grain markets experienced a “washout,” says Matt Bennett of AgMarket.Net. Although, he says the major correction was a good thing. Read more

Drought Monitor shows southern Iowa improvement

IARN — While most of northern Iowa continues to deal with drought conditions, the U.S. Drought Monitor on Thursday showed some improvement for areas in the southern part of the state.

Iowa State Climatologist Dr. Justin Glisan says many counties in southern Iowa were taken out of the D0 Abnormally Dry category. Currently, all drought coverage for Iowa is either in central or northern Iowa. Read more