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USDA Offers Early Termination of CRP Contracts

Yesterday, USDA announced that farmers in their last year of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts can opt out early this year. About 3.4 million acres expire this year, and a little more than half, call it 1.7 million, made bids to re-enroll. Overall continuous sign up for CRP has enrol...

Middle Kingdom Approach; Friday Snippets

Middle Kingdom Approach U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken articulated the Biden Administration’s policy toward China in a highly nuanced fashion. The key point is that the U.S. does not envision a new Cold War, but rather welcomes competition and wants to mold China into following th...

livestock

Livestock Round Up: GIPSA Rules 2.0

USDA’s Ag Marketing Service Packers and Stockyards Division (PSD) released a draft of the first of three proposed rules today: Transparency in Poultry Grower Contracting and Tournaments, aka the “tournament pricing rule.”  Two more rules, covering livestock and poultry, a...

Bark Worse than Bite; Unprotecting Plants; ESG Slowly Joining Carbon

Bark Worse than Bite The Biden Administration has proposed new rules for poultry companies to be more transparent with growers about the number of chicks they will grow including a minimum, and the feed that will be used. Moreover, USDA commits to review claims from growers. Under the tournamen...

IPEF Missing Link; Sac Mixte; Inflation and Reconciliation

IPEF Missing Link The Biden Administration’s Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) is a set of laudable goals, but it lacks the traditional grease by which agreements on weighty matters come to fruition. The grease is economic benefit, be it via increased access to the large American mar...

Crazy Ideas; Strategery

Crazy Ideas Whenever there is a spike in commodity prices, the craziest ideas are put forth to supposedly solve the “problem.”  Leading the pack are the small and local folks who think interdependency is the problem, ignoring the lack of resiliency in a loner world. Then there...

U.S. Policy Toward China Getting More Complicated

Yesterday, we covered the outline of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) and the role that plays in relation to China. Now, the Biden Administration signaled two policy moves toward China that certainly add to the complexity of the two countries’ relations. First, President Biden s...

IPEF Reality; Economic Ambiguity; For Sure No

IPEF Reality President Biden’s launch of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework is a confusing mess but is unlikely to be what the Chinese are calling “a strategy for destroying peace.” This CPTPP-lite plan talks about trade using the same language as CPTPP: “free, open, fa...

Indo-Pacific Economic Framework: Trade Rules without Trade Access

On his trip to Asia, President Biden announced the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) for Prosperity, along with 12 countries in the region. The plan is structured to 1) establish rules governing trade in digital goods and services, 2) create commitments regarding supply chain to eliminate...

Embarrassing Distortions; Biotech Bureaucrat Hurdles; TTC Diversion

Embarrassing Distortions Populists in the U.S. Congress are once again going after Big Ag, and as usual with faulty figures. Some are calling on the Federal trade Commission to investigate meat packing companies for increasing profits at the expense of consumers and workers. This attack repeats...

Conglomerate Vision; Policy Confusion

Conglomerate Vision Agribusinesses are paying attention. They along with oil companies are being blamed for inflation via gouging. There is an effort to ramp up the trustbusters, provide taxpayer incubator funds (subsidies) for startup competitors, and now even invoke the war-time Defense Produ...

Misdiagnosed; Potemkin Trade Policy

Misdiagnosed U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said this week that, “Higher food and energy prices are having stagflationary effects, namely depressing output and spending and raising inflation all around the world.” She pushed for increased international food aid and advised int...

USDA Offers Early Termination of CRP Contracts

Yesterday, USDA announced that farmers in their last year of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts can opt out early this year. About 3.4 million acres expire this year, and a little more than half, call it 1.7 million, made bids to re-enroll. Overall continuous sign up for CRP has enrol...

Middle Kingdom Approach; Friday Snippets

Middle Kingdom Approach U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken articulated the Biden Administration’s policy toward China in a highly nuanced fashion. The key point is that the U.S. does not envision a new Cold War, but rather welcomes competition and wants to mold China into following th...

livestock

Livestock Round Up: GIPSA Rules 2.0

USDA’s Ag Marketing Service Packers and Stockyards Division (PSD) released a draft of the first of three proposed rules today: Transparency in Poultry Grower Contracting and Tournaments, aka the “tournament pricing rule.”  Two more rules, covering livestock and poultry, a...

Bark Worse than Bite; Unprotecting Plants; ESG Slowly Joining Carbon

Bark Worse than Bite The Biden Administration has proposed new rules for poultry companies to be more transparent with growers about the number of chicks they will grow including a minimum, and the feed that will be used. Moreover, USDA commits to review claims from growers. Under the tournamen...

IPEF Missing Link; Sac Mixte; Inflation and Reconciliation

IPEF Missing Link The Biden Administration’s Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) is a set of laudable goals, but it lacks the traditional grease by which agreements on weighty matters come to fruition. The grease is economic benefit, be it via increased access to the large American mar...

Crazy Ideas; Strategery

Crazy Ideas Whenever there is a spike in commodity prices, the craziest ideas are put forth to supposedly solve the “problem.”  Leading the pack are the small and local folks who think interdependency is the problem, ignoring the lack of resiliency in a loner world. Then there...

U.S. Policy Toward China Getting More Complicated

Yesterday, we covered the outline of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) and the role that plays in relation to China. Now, the Biden Administration signaled two policy moves toward China that certainly add to the complexity of the two countries’ relations. First, President Biden s...

IPEF Reality; Economic Ambiguity; For Sure No

IPEF Reality President Biden’s launch of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework is a confusing mess but is unlikely to be what the Chinese are calling “a strategy for destroying peace.” This CPTPP-lite plan talks about trade using the same language as CPTPP: “free, open, fa...

Indo-Pacific Economic Framework: Trade Rules without Trade Access

On his trip to Asia, President Biden announced the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) for Prosperity, along with 12 countries in the region. The plan is structured to 1) establish rules governing trade in digital goods and services, 2) create commitments regarding supply chain to eliminate...

Embarrassing Distortions; Biotech Bureaucrat Hurdles; TTC Diversion

Embarrassing Distortions Populists in the U.S. Congress are once again going after Big Ag, and as usual with faulty figures. Some are calling on the Federal trade Commission to investigate meat packing companies for increasing profits at the expense of consumers and workers. This attack repeats...

Conglomerate Vision; Policy Confusion

Conglomerate Vision Agribusinesses are paying attention. They along with oil companies are being blamed for inflation via gouging. There is an effort to ramp up the trustbusters, provide taxpayer incubator funds (subsidies) for startup competitors, and now even invoke the war-time Defense Produ...

Misdiagnosed; Potemkin Trade Policy

Misdiagnosed U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said this week that, “Higher food and energy prices are having stagflationary effects, namely depressing output and spending and raising inflation all around the world.” She pushed for increased international food aid and advised int...

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