IABRN — Finding new innovations for agricultural products is a top priority to help drive up demand for our products. However, these innovations don’t come free or even cheaply. The USDA offers the Value-Added Producer Grant Program (VAPG) to help offset some of these costs for producers. There is a call for more funding to be added to the program.
IABRN — President Donald Trump says he has no deadline for finalizing a complete trade deal with China. China and the U.S. are still working to reach a phase one agreement, with an unofficial deadline of December 15, but an overall agreement may extend beyond the 2020 elections. Trump told reporters, “In some ways, I think it’s better to wait until after the election.” Trump says China wants to reach an agreement, adding, “the China trade deal is dependent on one thing: Do I want to make it?”
IABRN — Mother Nature proved challenging for both crop and livestock farmers alike this year.
Northwest Iowa — Almost all — but not quite all — of the corn has now been harvested in northwest Iowa. That’s from the latest Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. Read more
IABRN — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds addressed Tuesday’s luncheon at the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Convention. She gave her support to Iowa’s producers.
Washington D.C. — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, a Republican, is calling on House Democrats to “be reasonable” and “act quickly” to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement before the week is out.