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U.S. fights for trade deal with EU

Trade negotiations with the European Union have been rocky. American officials recently received word from European counterparts that agriculture would no longer be a part of a trade deal between the two parties. The United States is pushing back against this decision. The European Union (EU) cannot exclude agriculture from a trade deal, according to […]
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 04-19-2019

New CEO for Cattlemen’s Beef Board

Meet the new CEO of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB): Gregory Hanes, of Colorado. Hanes will begin the job on June 17, 2019. He previously worked within the beef industry as vice president for international programs for the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Hanes was present at the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Convention in […]
Author: Ken Root
Posted: 04-19-2019

FFA promotes hard work and learning skills for the future

The Iowa FFA Leadership Conference was held April 14th through the 16th in Ames. It was a chance for students across the state to showcase their skills and develop new ones. Audio: Spotlight on Nodaway Valley FFA for Weekend Ag Matters program The strength of the FFA in Iowa is growing. I caught up with […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 04-19-2019

Iowa commodity groups impressed with FFA students

Agriculture, like anything else, is changing. We aren’t doing things the way we did 100, 50, or even 10 years ago. As we look at how Agriculture will adapt in the future, we can see there are FFA students getting prepared for tomorrow’s agriculture. This is of great comfort to those currently involved. The FFA […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 04-19-2019

Weekend Ag Matters: April 20, 2019

Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 04-19-2019

U.S. Ag products gain market access in Tunisia

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that the government of Tunisia and the United States have finalized U.S. export certificates to allow imports of U.S. beef, poultry, and egg products into Tunisia.  This announcement follows meetings between U.S. and Tunisian officials on the safety and wholesomeness of […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 04-19-2019

Shipment pace sluggish

Grains welcomed encouraging export sale numbers. However, shipments were a let down.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Thursday released export sales data for the week ending April 11, 2019. Brian Grossman, market strategist with Zaner Group, says sales showed great strength. “Old crop corn (came in at) 947,000 metric tonnes (and) 18,000 for next year. Old […]
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 04-18-2019

Flood victims have questions, Senator Ernst wants answers

With all the recent flooding in Western Iowa, there have been many questions about the Army Corps of Engineers’ handling of the flood control systems on the Missouri River. Wednesday, Senator Joni Ernst held an Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee field hearing in Glenwood to get some answers. Audio: Full Interview with Iowa Senator […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 04-18-2019

Major increase in meat exports likely

What might be the opportunities for United States exports, as a result of China’s pork production losses due to African Swine Fever (ASF) virus? Livestock market economists following the beef cattle industry say it is also important to track what is going on in China with African Swine Fever. That includes Dr. Glynn Tonsor, of […]
Author: Ken Root
Posted: 04-18-2019

Approval of 2018 SREs would undermine RFS

The ball is now completely in the court of newly appointed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler. While he was the “Acting Administrator” he promised to reverse the course set by former Administrator Scott Pruitt concerning the wholesale approval of small-refinery exemptions (SREs). On Wednesday, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw and […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 04-18-2019