Michelle Rook / Special to Agweek
MERIDA, Mexico — Mexican agribusinesses are concerned about the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Many Mexican companies already have been buying South American grains and oilseeds over the last year to be proactive, in case the talks are not successful.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Uncertainty about trade under the Trump Administration continues with recent tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, leaving U.S. agriculture concerned about a possible trade war, especially with China. President Donald Trump on March 1 announced plans for import tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 15 percent on aluminum. Trump didn't specify which countries the tariffs would apply to. However, it did trigger response from Canada, the European Union, Mexico, Australia and China.
VERA CRUZ, Mexico — With the United States in the midst of the re-negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the importance of the Mexican market to agriculture has made headlines. A delegation of 10 South Dakota farmers returned from a Feb. 18-24 trade mission to Mexico to talk with their neighbor and customer to solidify this relationship. The See for Yourself Tour was hosted by the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A few weeks after Congress passed the most sweeping tax reform in decades, farmers are working with their tax professionals to figure out what it ultimately means for their farming operations. Patricia Wolff, American Farm Bureau senior director of congressional relations, specializes in tax law. She says the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has many positive aspects for agriculture.
MITCHELL, S.D. — Most consumers are now several generations removed from the farm, and for the last 40 years that has led to a continual erosion of trust in farmers. As a result, farmers and farm groups have been focusing their efforts on bridging that gap with the consumer. The latest research from the Center for Food Integrity has some good news for farmers in that area.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Thirty years ago it was hard to find a pork entrée besides pork chops on any restaurant menu. However, today it's not uncommon to see pork belly, cheek or shoulder being featured on those same menus. The change can in part be attributed to the engagement the pork industry has had with chefs as part of their annual culinary Taste of Elegance contest.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Despite low corn prices, farmers are coming off a successful year for policy and growth in renewable fuels. That was the message industry leaders shared at the South Dakota Corn Growers Association annual meeting in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Jan. 20. Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy, looked at what's ahead for the ethanol industry post 2022 and the current success they're having working with gas station retailers to build the infrastructure to sell higher ethanol blends. She says it's part of their Prime the Pump Campaign.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Pork producers are coming off a profitable year in 2017 with strong exports and growth in the industry, and that was evident at this year's South Dakota Pork Congress in Sioux Falls, S.D.. Pork producers started 2017 with a dismal outlook in part due to projections of record hog numbers in the U.S., which were expected to depress prices. However, despite the large supplies, hog prices and profitability far exceeded expectations. Steve Meyer, economist with Kerns and Associates, says the profit per pig for 2017 was a pleasant surprise.
VERMILLION, S.D. — At the 35th annual Dakota Farm Show, held Jan. 3-5, farmers were once again interested in management strategies or technology that could help them improve their return on investment in the continued low commodity price environment. However, those same farmers were also looking at ways to be better environmental stewards. John Riles Jr. with Midwest Shows says many of the nearly 300 exhibitors at the show were displaying various technologies designed to help producers improve their margins.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Truckers hauling livestock have received a 90-day waiver from the Electronic Logging Device, or ELD, mandate, but the industry is hoping for a longer-term solution. The rule went into effect on Dec. 18 for most operators, but the U.S. Department of Transportation delayed the regulation for those transporting livestock until mid-March.