U.S. to Seek Comprehensive Agriculture Access in EU Trade Talks

Reuters – 01/11/

2019

The United States on Friday signaled it would ignore the European Union’s desire to keep agriculture out of this year’s planned U.S.-EU trade talks, publishing negotiating objectives that seek comprehensive EU access for American farm products.

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Ag Trade Outlook Carries Caveats

Feedstuffs – 01/14/2019

The diverse impacts of tariffs, the outcomes of free trade agreement negotiations and the future of trading relations with China are all critical for the future of agricultural exports and the growth of American agriculture, David Salmonsen, senior director of congressional relations at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), told a workshop at the organization’s 100th annual convention.

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Millers Look to Collaborate with FDA on Food Defense Plan

World-Grain – 01/10/2019

In an effort to help member companies efficiently implement new federal rules designed to protect the food supply from intentional adulteration, the North American Millers’ Association has suggested a collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration on model food defense plans and supplemental educational materials.

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Small U.S. Winter Wheat Crop Likely

The Western Producer– 01/10/2019

American farmers have likely planted another small winter wheat crop, says an industry official. U.S. Growers seeded 32.5 million acres in 2018 and 32.7 million acres in 2017, the two smallest crops in the past 20 years. Prior to those two down years, winter wheat had typically been in the 40 to 45 million acre range in the United States. Justin Gilpin, chief executive officer of Kansas Wheat, said the expectation was for a rebound in winter wheat plantings in 2019.

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Farming Titan Among the Survivor of 80s Crisis

Agweek – 01/14/2019

Glinz, 73, farms as Glinz Farms LLC, near Pingree, and is the only farming survivor in an epic farming meltdown. He and his audacious father, Arvel, and his younger brother, Bruce, together controlled 75,000 acres in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. Individually, David was farming more than 50,000 acres of non-irrigated wheat in 1982, when his banker said he’d have to pay off a whopping $20 million of debt in 30 days.

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Source: U.S. Wheat Associates