Criss-Crossing the Atlantic for US Wheat

WheatSquared.com – 01/07/2019

A trade delegation from sub-Saharan Africa recently visited the United States to see the U.S. wheat industry up close. “They do prefer U.S. wheat because of quality aspects,” said Gerald Theus, U.S. Wheat Associates. “The only problem is price but U.S. wheat is seen as the leader in quality. Russian wheat is the big competition for us in that region. Also, Ukraine, Black Sea wheat, Australian, Canadian. We have pretty much all wheat-exporting nations involved in Africa.”

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US Wheat Exports Cut by 25 Million Bushels

High Plains Journal – 01/07/2019

The ERS projects all United States wheat exports for the 2018-2019 marketing year will be cut by 25 million bushels to 1 billion total. “Export sales through the first six months of the marketing year are projected to constitute just 41 percent of the current marketing year total,” according to the report. This is behind the 10-year average of 52 percent.

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Opinion: Trade Policy Protects Steel at Cost of Hurting Agriculture

Farm Progress – 01/07/2019

Whether the trade war continues or escalates further remains to be seen. However, with Trump’s deadline for imposing new trade sanctions on China looming by the March deadline, we will not have to wait much longer to find out. Which brings us to the primary issue at hand: agriculture and global trade. In the wheat industry, according to the Japanese milling industry, sources estimate U.S. wheat imports will fall by 50% within a few years after implementation of the CPTPP agreement which took effect at the end of 2018.

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Key Committee Approves Next Step in Grain-Based Foods Checkoff

World-Grain – 01/02/2019

In a major step forward toward the launch of a checkoff program devoted to the promotion of grain-based foods, a steering committee of the Grain Foods Foundation has agreed to submit a draft order to the U.S. Department of Agriculture later this month. If the order (checkoff proposal) is approved, assessments to fund the program may begin in the second half of 2019.

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Farm Bill, Export Markets and More on Schedule for Wheat U in Bismarck Jan. 17

High Plains Journal – 01/07/2019

Wheat growers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming are invited to Wheat U, a one-day, information-packed educational opportunity Jan. 17 at the Bismarck Event Center, Bismarck, North Dakota. Sponsored by BASF, Wheat U promises to deliver a wealth of profit-enhancing wheat production and marketing information. Wheat U is structured as a combination of speakers and breakout sessions.

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