Ag News: Argentina Drought
Argentina's worst drought in decades is sending grain prices soaring. Bayer is delaying the closing date of its acquisition of Monsanto.
NAFTA Talks re Ag Tariffs; Hoof & Mouth Vaccines
**All signs point to a full-speed-ahead renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, but the U.S. meat sector is hopeful the three governments involved will be amenable to the ag sector’s desire, for the most part, to be left alone...
Perdue Likes Renegotiation of NAFTA; Broadband in Rural America
**After newly confirmed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress last week that President Trump intends to renegotiate NAFTA, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue gave his stamp of approval.
Perdue says "While NAFTA has been an overall positive for American agriculture, any trade deal …
Organic Grain Imports; Beginning Farmers
An economist says organic grain imports are limiting the ability of U.S. farmers to supply the domestic market.
CoBank’s Dan Kowalski tells Brownfield premiums for organic grain are becoming increasingly volatile as organic imports have surged in the last year...
AG Urged to Stop Chem Mergers; Regs on Livestock and Grain Trucking
More than 300 groups are asking newly confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to thoroughly investigate, and then stop, the proposed mergers involving six major ag chemical companies.
In a letter sent Monday, the groups said “The proposed mergers of Dow Chemical with DuPont, Monsanto with Bayer, and…
Cuban Embargo and a New Pasture Clover
The president of an advocacy group lobbying to end the embargo on Cuba says he’s optimistic about working with the Trump administration.
James Williams with Engage Cuba says the President-elect was elected by Rural Americans, many of whom have strong ties to the agricultural community…
Prices Heading Down for Food, Feed Crops, Paris Economists Say
Get ready for lower prices.
Agri-Pulse is reporting that economists at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) a Paris-based group of analysts who work with the UN Food and Ag Organizaiton say that the decline in prices for food and feed crops, livestock and fish products are…

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