A Long String of Yearly Beef Cattle Declines Could Continue in 2018

Next year could mark the longest string of years with declining beef cattle prices in almost a half century.  Shoppers may see further declines in retail beef prices next year.  Gary Crawford and USDA Livestock Analyst Shayle Shagam.

G-7 Goal To End Global Hunger-Improve Food Security

The Agriculture Secretary talked about U.S. and global partnerships to improve food security worldwide during a visit to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome.
The Agriculture Secretary’s closing thoughts from the recent G-7 ag ministerial in Italy include efforts to reduce hunger around the world by the year 2030. Rod Bain and Secretary Sonny Perdue.

Conaway Update On Tax Reform & NAFTA

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway provides a couple of key updates on tax reform and NAFTA.

“Our goal over the past two days was to ensure our Canadian counterparts understand that U.S. production agriculture has a keen interest in getting NAFTA done and done right. We have had productive conversations over the weekend with Canadian officials and are eager for negotiations to resume in Washington this week. As I’ve said before, U.S. production agriculture will continue to stay at negotiators elbow throughout this process to ensure their interests are taken into account.”

U.S. Agricultural Export Update-Corn, Wheat, Soybeans and Cotton Exports Ahead of a Year Ago

Complete export numbers for the first eleven months of the 2017 fiscal year are in. One analyst calls them encouraging.

USDA trade economist Bryce Cooke giving the export value of several bulk commodities during the first 11 months of the 2017 fiscal year compared to the same time frame a year ago.