**Over the past quarter century, the U.S. has become one of the largest agricultural importers in the world, with imports up significantly from $27 billion in 1994 to $128 billion in 2019.

agrimarketing.com reports, the role of NAFTA in 1994, superseded by the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement last year, has played a central role in this surge, with U.S. imports from Canada and Mexico up six-fold from $8.2 billion in 1994 to $52 billion in 2019.

https://www.agrimarketing.com/s/134276

**A great opportunity is available for college students wanting to attend the 2021 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Nashville.

According to agwired.com, a team of interns is need who will gain first-hand experience interacting with leaders of every segment of the cattle and beef industry.

You must be able to work August 8th – 13th in Nashville.

Just complete a Student Internship Application, and send your college transcripts, two letters of recommendation and a resume by April 15th.

http://agwired.com/

**In less than nine months, U.S. farmers and ranchers have collected a mammoth $23.5 billion in pandemic relief payments, according to the USDA, more than matching the $23 billion spent by the Trump administration to mitigate the impact on agriculture of trade war with China.

Meanwhile, agriculture.com reports, Ag Undersecretary Bill Northey called on Congress to increase the spending limit on what he likened to USDA’s checking account.

https://www.agriculture.com/news/business/pandemic-tops-trade-war-in-usda-payments-to-farmers