(IARN) — We continue to emphasize the importance of connecting with consumers. This is especially important when we think about bridging the urban-rural divide.
One institution believes farmers can lessen the urban-rural divide by speaking with young consumers. Perhaps those in grade school. Read more
IABRN — The Phase-One trade deal between the United States and China goes into effect on Friday. Many farmers say the deal was the first major positive step forward in the trade war which has raged since the summer of 2018. However, while the two largest economies in the world are patting themselves on their respective backs, some other countries worry about what this deal means for their piece of the marketplace. One of those countries is our neighbor to the north. Read more
(IARN) — The U.S. Commerce Department responded to a U.S. Court of International Trade ruling requiring it to explain how it found cause for anti-dumping duties on biodiesel from Argentina. In a recent filing with the court, the Commerce Department made “certain changes” to its calculations. The anti-dumping duty rates would remain the same for the two Argentine producers and exporters involved in the case. However, things could eventually be changed when it comes to imported biodiesel from Argentina. Read more
(IARN) — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials Tuesday released their monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE). Read more
Statewide Iowa — An Iowa State University extension economist says high-tech farming methods aren’t something most farmers are trying. Read more
(IARN) — The Chinese Finance Ministry says it will cut tariffs on $75 billion worth of U.S. products. The cuts begin on February 14th and will include ag commodities like soybeans, asparagus, pork, and more. An Agri-Pulse report says the move will cut tariff rate increases in half, somewhere between five and 10 percent, that China put into effect late last year in response to U.S. tariffs. The 30 percent punitive tariff on soybeans will drop to 27.5 percent on February 14, which will be seen largely as a goodwill gesture by China that won’t have a big effect on trade between the two countries. Read more