USDA’s Export Sales Reporting System and Fuel Prices Down-Diesel Up
**Last week, the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service launched a new Export Sales Reporting and Maintenance System.
The system requires U.S. exporters to report any sales transactions with buyers outside the U.S. for many key commodities.
During the launch, FAS encountered challenges that affected the physical dissemination of the data and data quality.
As a result, the agency took the system offline and retracted the weekly export sales information.
**U.S. fuel prices continued their decline for the 11th straight week, with gas down five cents a gallon to a national average of $3.81.
GasBuddy reports the national average is down 39.8 cents from a month ago but 69.1 cents higher than a year ago.
However, the national average price of diesel increased 7.3 cents in the last week and stands at $5.04 per gallon.
**The National Association of Wheat Growers released a response to the final Lower Snake River Dams Benefit Replacement Report and recommendations recently announced by Senator Patty Murray and Governor Jay Inslee, both Democrats from Washington state.
NAWG CEO Chandler Goule tells www.agrimarketing.com, we’re glad the recommendations recognize the role these dams play in agriculture and acknowledge dam breaching is not feasible at present.
But, Goule says, we remain concerned and opposed to breaching as it would be detrimental to wheat growers across the region.