**The U.S. quota for low-tariff beef imports in Japan was filled by the end of February, the fastest rate since 2020.

Because of higher tariffs the rest of the year, Japan will face challenges to increasing exports of its premium Wagyu beef supplies.

Brazil, because of soaring inflation, also shipped beef to the U.S. ahead of the new year, using its tariff quota in the first two months.

Iowa's Agricultural Economy Under Threat From Trade War With China
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**National Corn Growers Association President Harold Wolle is warning the International Trade Commission of the consequences for America’s farmers if the agency grants a petition for tariffs on imported 2,4-D, an herbicide that’s been used for decades.

Wolle says this has the potential to limit imports, raise prices, and create a supply shortage, that will raise the cost of production in an already tight market.

He says farmers are price takers, not setters, and managing production costs is crucial.

Poultry Farmer Raises Battery Chickens Amid Bird Flu Scare
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**Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the USDA is taking the cross-species outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza very seriously.

Bird flu has been detected on dairy farms and poultry sites in multiple states recently, along with a human case in Texas.

Vilsack tells Brownfield research is underway with vaccines, so rest assured, we're working on that and investing in it.


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