Ag News: Farmer Confidence High
**With Trump tariff payments boosting Corn Belt farm revenue, farmer confidence shot to its highest level since last June, just before the trade war with China began.
That’s according to Perdue University’s monthly Ag Economy
Barometer that shows producers expect ag exports to increase in the years ahead, an indirect sign they expect a beneficial resolution with China.
President Trump has set a March 1st deadline for an agreement or he will order a steep increase in tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese products.
**Bud Light parent company, Anheuser-Busch is looking to make amends with the National Corn Growers Association after airing the “brewed with no corn syrup” commercials during the Super Bowl.
National Corn Growers Association VP Neil Caskey tells agrimarketing.com, the beer giant emailed his group after the game "looking to make it right" and asking for a meeting with farmers.
Caskey says his team is willing to hear them out.
**While U.S. dairy officials cite concerns over U.S. trade agreements, or the lack thereof, some European Union dairy farmers have taken to the streets in opposition to their own trade agreements with Canada, Japan and others.
The European dairy farmers’ beef is they are often at world prices and don’t promote “fair farmgate prices.”
The U.S. Dairy Export Council tells milkbusiness.com an EU trade agreement with Japan could ultimately result in the loss of $5.4 billion in U.S. sales to Japan over the next 21 years.