The “I-FAST” Track To Entrepreneurial Success

USDA and the National Science Foundation are part of the Innovation in Food and Science Technology (I-FAST”) competition that encourages land grant university scientists to become entrepreneurs for their food and ag based innovations. Part of USDA’s small business innovation and research program, “I-FAST” is a “boot camp” for scientists.  Rod Bain and National Institute of Food and Agriculture Director Sonny Ramaswamy.

Houston’s Problems Not Over–More Rain Coming

Houston got a welcome lull in rainfall Monday morning, but more rain is on the way. Gary Crawford, Brock Long, Elaine Duke, Louis Uccellini and Brad Rippey.
Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist, saying that the persistent rains plus the lay of the land on the Texas coast will mean that flood problems could last for weeks in some places.  As Harvey slowly moves out of the Houston area, the flood problems will shift east to Louisiana.
Yet another potential tropical storm is slated to cause problems for people along the Atlantic shore areas from the Carolina’s northward.

Flood Preparation Reminders

If you live in an area that could end up being flooded from Harvey, and the area could be very large, here are some things you might consider doing ahead of the flood waters.

If flood waters from Harvey are forecast to be heading for your farm, what should you think about doing to prepare? Farm flood preparation reminders. Gary Crawford and Ken Hellevang.

Danger Area and Danger Level from Harvey Is Expanding Rapidly

The danger level from Hurricane Harvey is rising and the danger zone in Texas is expanding.

Eric Luebehusen, USDA meteorologist, talking about the general area which will be at greatest risk from Hurricane Harvey.

**This story produced 4pm EDT Thursday. ***

NAFTA Round One Concludes; Next Rounds of Renegotiations Scheduled

U.S., Canadian and Mexican trade officials have concluded the first round of North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations in Washington DC.
Some of this continent’s major farm groups voiced their hopes and concerns connected to renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Three rounds of talks in the next two months illustrate the rapid pace North American Free Trade Agreement member nations are taking to renegotiate this trade deal.
Rod Bain and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.  Canadian Minister Chrystia Freeland. Mexican Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo Villareal. Ron Bonnett of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. Translator for Bosco de la Vega of Consejo Nacional Agropecuario.

U.S.-Japan Accelerate Bilateral Trade Discussions

Recent tariffs on some U.S. beef exports to Japan are among the topics under discussion between the two nations in efforts to strengthen their bilateral trade relationship. Rod Bain and Kent Bacus of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
Japan is the top export market for U.S. beef in both volume and value.  In 2016, Japan was the top export market for U.S. beef, valued at $1.5 billion. According to data compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation, first quarter 2017 U.S. beef sales to Japan increased 42 percent over 2016.

U.S. Pork May Soon Be Allowed into Argentina

The U.S. and Argentina have agreed to terms that could soon allow U.S. pork to be sold in Argentina for the first time in decades. Gary Crawford, Vice President Mike Pence and Nick Giordano, Vice President of Global Government Affairs with the National Pork Producers Council.
Nick Giordano, Vice President of Global Government Affairs with the National Pork Producers Council, talking about the growing appetite in Argentina for pork and the importance of exports to U.S. hog producers.
Exports are vital to U.S. Hog Producers.