Statewide Iowa — (RI) — Iowa farmers could again be facing costly delays in planting early in 2020 as forecasters warn the chances are rising for another cold, wet spring ahead — and more flooding. Read more
The U.S. Ag Department announced it will sponsor seven agribusiness trade missions in 2020. The goal will be to diversify and grow export opportunities around the world for American farmers and ranchers. “I cannot overstate the immense value trade missions provide to the U.S. agriculture industry and our customers,” says USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney. Read more
IABRN — Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has increased over the past decade. We offer the latest insight on the Trump Administration’s efforts to reform a system impacting millions.
IABRN — Japan’s Upper House of Parliament Wednesday ratified a partial trade agreement with the United States, which will go into effect on January 1, 2020. Ryan LeGrand, President and CEO of the U.S. Grains Council, notes that the agreement “solidifies trade with our second-largest corn market.”
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?”