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After Updated KORUS and USMCA, U.S. Trade Agenda Continues

After recently signing a new KORUS (United States-Republic of Korea) Trade Agreement, and reaching an agreement on a revised North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office signaled this week that the U.S. will start trade talks…

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Expiration of the 2014 Farm Bill, CRS Report

A report last week from the Congressional Research Service stated that, “The timing and consequences of expiration vary by program across the breadth of the farm bill. There are two principal expiration dates: September 30 and December 31. The 2014…

U.S. and China Plan Talks in November, While Soybean Trade Flows Adjust

News reports indicate that President Trump and Chinese Leader Xi Jinping plan to meet in November, in what could be an opportunity for the two leaders to discuss trade issues.  Meanwhile, a recent USDA report, and current news articles, continue to…

President Trump Opens Door to Increased Ethanol Use

On Tuesday, Bloomberg writers Jennifer A Dlouhy and Mario Parker reported that, “President Donald Trump is moving to clamp down on a scandal-plagued $2.25 billion market in biofuel compliance credits, embracing reforms that could block Wall Street banks from trading…

Farm Bill Negotiations: Tensions Persist

The current Farm Bill has expired and tensions among key members of the Conference Committee persist. Today’s update provides an overview of recent articles that highlight ongoing Farm Bill issues in greater detail.

Reports Discuss Soybean Export Variables

Today’s update looks briefly at recent reports that discuss variables associated with U.S. soybean exports.  In addition, news items that highlight concerns about crop storage issues, and the trade policy outlook, are also noted.

Steady Farmland Values Help Insulate a Struggling Agricultural Sector

Suzanne Jenkins, a senior policy analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and Nathan Kauffman, vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, indicated in a recent update (“A Tale of Two Economies: Farmers Struggle despite…

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