Ag Trade Fluidity From Producers’ Point Of View

How do members of the ag sector see ag trade developments and discussions of recent months perhaps impacting their business going forward?
Rod Bain. Tim Lust of the National Sorghum Producers. Colin Woodall of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Kevin Skunes of the National Corn Growers Association. Randy Gordon of the National Grain and Feed Association. Chirs Kolstad of US Wheat Associates. Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst. Dennis Stiffler of the US Meat Export Federation.

NAFTA Has Benefited U.S. Agricultural Producers

With renegotiations ongoing, U.S. agricultural producers stress how important the North American Free Trade Agreement has been to their industries.  Stephanie Ho,  Steve Mercer of US Wheat Associates, Jim Heimer of the National Pork Producers’ Council, Jason Hafemeister-USDA Trade Counsel.

Corn Markets Re-Adjusting After Bigger than Expected Crop Forecast

What might have been a bit of a price hike for corn this marketing year seems to have been squashed by the larger than expected production forecast.  Gary Crawford and Seth Meyer.

Seth Meyer, USDA Outlook Board Chairman, saying USDA’s forecast for a record national average corn yield was made despite the fact that yields in some major corn states did not set records.

USDA Forecasts Surprises Some Analysts

USDA’s new corn production forecast was a bit of a surprise to many traders who didn’t expect such a big change from USDA’s previous forecast in October.
USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson talking about the latest forecasts for soybeans.
The cotton forecast is up. Gary Crawford and Rob Johansson with highlights of the latest USDA forecasts.

Perdue On US-China Ag Trade Issues; Optimistic about NAFTA Negotiations

Despite this week’s announced sales of some U.S. agricultural products to China, Agriculture Secretary Perdue says there are still several serious agricultural trade irritants.
Despite what Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue calls “disappointment” with the NAFTA negotiations thus far, Perdue still is optimistic that the talks will result in a new NAFTA agreement.  The next round of negotiations begins November 17 in Mexico City.  Gary Crawford and Sec’y Sonny Perdue.