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Values-Based Trading; Inflation Amuck

Values-Based Trading In the latest effort to block a trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur, activist groups Uplift and TASC issued a report claiming agricultural and climate practices in South America are “inconsistent” with EU values. Values-based trading now joins vaccine na...

COVID Executive Order and Politics at Large

The last session of negotiations on COVID-19 relief legislation between Democratic House and Republican Senate leaders was on Friday, with no progress made. As a result, on Saturday, President Trump issued four executive orders that would:   Implement a payroll tax cut holiday from...

Policy Round Up: COVID Legislation; Aluminum Tariffs; Restaurant Performance

COVID Relief: Today was the target deadline for the next COVID relief package; that is not going to happen. Neither the Senate or House was in session today but are subject to a one-day recall back for a vote if necessary. Negotiations continue but progress is not being made. The hang-ups are t...

Trade on Campaign Trail; AgChem Cold Turkey

Trade on the Campaign Trail The two leading candidates for the U.S. presidency are making it clear that trade will be a central campaign topic, and it will be interesting to see which side wins. Campaigning in the key manufacturing state of Ohio yesterday, President Trump made clear that he wil...

The Global Future

Politicians can make a mess of things, but policymakers typically seek to solve problems. Politicians proclaim a new cold war between China and the U.S.; policymakers see it as a dysfunctional historical period that must be led back to equilibrium.    The Chinese are happy with their...

Organic versus Conventional Face-Off

A few members of the U.S. Congress have drafted legislation to restrict the use of farm chemicals based on organophosphates and neonicotinoids. The authors claim these chemicals remain on the market “even when scientific evidence overwhelmingly shows that a pesticide is causing harm to pe...

Phase One Collateral Damage; Conditional Income Subsidies

Phase One Collateral Damage UC-Davis researchers Robert Feenstra and Chang Hong analyzed (NBER Working Paper No. 27383) the impact of the Phase One agreement on China’s agricultural imports and find that some U.S. allies should be very upset. Holding China’s imports roughly static,...

What is the Exit Strategy for Ad Hoc Farm Payments?

The 2018 farm bill was signed into law in December of that year and implementing rules were rolled out through 2019. The major crop programs, like ARC and PLC for example, saw participation elections and signups in the fall of 2019 and CRP general sign up began in December 2019. These and other...

Pesticide Hesitancy; Unintended Slippage

Pesticide Hesitancy Vaccine hesitancy is the polite characterization of those who refuse vaccinations against disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) categorizes anti-vaxxers as one of the top ten health threats.  The WHO’s sister agency, the Food & Agriculture Organization,...

biofuel livestock

Foreign Election Influence Charges Rake in Ethanol

The House Foreign Affairs Committee is opening an investigation into whether the U.S. Ambassador to Brazil is peddling to Brazil a proposed purchase of ethanol as a boost to the Trump re-election campaign in Iowa. Citing reports in the newspaper O Globo, Representatives Eliot Engel (D-New York)...

Ag Prices Creeping Up, Economic Growth Cratered

There’s been a lot of economic data released this week, most of it bearish and some of it unprecedented. Officially, the U.S. is in a recession, i.e. two quarters in a row of GDP contraction.   Starting in the farm economy, the June Agricultural Prices Received Index (based on 2...

livestock

Livestock Round Up: COVID Catalyzes Ag Policy

The dairy industry has faced several years of bear markets and just when things looked like they were going to turn around in 2020, COVID-19 hit. Reduced foodservice demand, increased retail demand, and government purchases through the Food Box Distribution program have all focused more attenti...

Values-Based Trading; Inflation Amuck

Values-Based Trading In the latest effort to block a trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur, activist groups Uplift and TASC issued a report claiming agricultural and climate practices in South America are “inconsistent” with EU values. Values-based trading now joins vaccine na...

COVID Executive Order and Politics at Large

The last session of negotiations on COVID-19 relief legislation between Democratic House and Republican Senate leaders was on Friday, with no progress made. As a result, on Saturday, President Trump issued four executive orders that would:   Implement a payroll tax cut holiday from...

Policy Round Up: COVID Legislation; Aluminum Tariffs; Restaurant Performance

COVID Relief: Today was the target deadline for the next COVID relief package; that is not going to happen. Neither the Senate or House was in session today but are subject to a one-day recall back for a vote if necessary. Negotiations continue but progress is not being made. The hang-ups are t...

Trade on Campaign Trail; AgChem Cold Turkey

Trade on the Campaign Trail The two leading candidates for the U.S. presidency are making it clear that trade will be a central campaign topic, and it will be interesting to see which side wins. Campaigning in the key manufacturing state of Ohio yesterday, President Trump made clear that he wil...

The Global Future

Politicians can make a mess of things, but policymakers typically seek to solve problems. Politicians proclaim a new cold war between China and the U.S.; policymakers see it as a dysfunctional historical period that must be led back to equilibrium.    The Chinese are happy with their...

Organic versus Conventional Face-Off

A few members of the U.S. Congress have drafted legislation to restrict the use of farm chemicals based on organophosphates and neonicotinoids. The authors claim these chemicals remain on the market “even when scientific evidence overwhelmingly shows that a pesticide is causing harm to pe...

Phase One Collateral Damage; Conditional Income Subsidies

Phase One Collateral Damage UC-Davis researchers Robert Feenstra and Chang Hong analyzed (NBER Working Paper No. 27383) the impact of the Phase One agreement on China’s agricultural imports and find that some U.S. allies should be very upset. Holding China’s imports roughly static,...

What is the Exit Strategy for Ad Hoc Farm Payments?

The 2018 farm bill was signed into law in December of that year and implementing rules were rolled out through 2019. The major crop programs, like ARC and PLC for example, saw participation elections and signups in the fall of 2019 and CRP general sign up began in December 2019. These and other...

Pesticide Hesitancy; Unintended Slippage

Pesticide Hesitancy Vaccine hesitancy is the polite characterization of those who refuse vaccinations against disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) categorizes anti-vaxxers as one of the top ten health threats.  The WHO’s sister agency, the Food & Agriculture Organization,...

biofuel livestock

Foreign Election Influence Charges Rake in Ethanol

The House Foreign Affairs Committee is opening an investigation into whether the U.S. Ambassador to Brazil is peddling to Brazil a proposed purchase of ethanol as a boost to the Trump re-election campaign in Iowa. Citing reports in the newspaper O Globo, Representatives Eliot Engel (D-New York)...

Ag Prices Creeping Up, Economic Growth Cratered

There’s been a lot of economic data released this week, most of it bearish and some of it unprecedented. Officially, the U.S. is in a recession, i.e. two quarters in a row of GDP contraction.   Starting in the farm economy, the June Agricultural Prices Received Index (based on 2...

livestock

Livestock Round Up: COVID Catalyzes Ag Policy

The dairy industry has faced several years of bear markets and just when things looked like they were going to turn around in 2020, COVID-19 hit. Reduced foodservice demand, increased retail demand, and government purchases through the Food Box Distribution program have all focused more attenti...

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