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.

Surprisingly Bearish USDA August Crop Report

The markets got some surprises from Thursday’s round of USDA crop production reports.  USDA’s corn yield and production forecast surprised some people.  Corn futures tumbled Thursday afternoon after release of USDA’s first survey based forecasts.

USDA Issues New Wheat Yield and Production Forecasts, cutting yield estimates for Durum and other spring wheat.

USDA Raises Forecast for U.S. Cotton Production.  The U.S. cotton crop could be the biggest one in eleven years. Gary Crawford and USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson.

Big Data Comes Together For Farm Solutions

A greater emphasis on precision agriculture means improved tools and systems to collect and analyze data for the farm or ranch turning actionable items and precision agriculture into decision agriculture. Rod Bain, Jake Flanders of John Deere, Chris Everson of Farmers Edge, Lance Ruppert of Growmark, Jason Little of Agrible.

Report Highlights “Made in America” Agricultural Research

A new report highlights some of the practical benefits coming from last year’s USDA sponsored research. Gary Crawford, President Donald Trump and Dr. Ann Bartuska.

USDA’s Office of Technology Transfer Explained.

Dr. Ann Bartuska, Acting USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics, explaining the mission of USDA’s Office of Technology Transfer.

In Striking a Balance between Basic Research and Practical Paybacks.

Dr. Ann Bartuska, Acting USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics, saying USDA tries to strike a balance between research designed to produce short term results and so called “basic” long term research.