On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve Board released its February 2018 Beige Book update, a summary of commentary on current economic conditions by Federal Reserve District. The report included several observations pertaining to the U.S. agricultural economy.
Wall Street Journal writer William Mauldin reported on Monday that, "President Donald Trump on Monday sought to use his threat to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports as leverage to extract concessions from North American trading partners, while his party’s congressional leaders worked to derail a proposal that they said could spark a trade war."
A FarmPolicyNews update last month discussed executive branch implementation of U.S. import tariffs on solar panels and washing machines, as well as the possibility of future implementation of import barriers on steel and aluminum. That update also included a look at the potential of retaliatory measures, particularly by China, that could have a negative impact on U.S. agricultural exports and farm income. On Thursday, President Trump signaled that he plans to levy the tariffs on steel and aluminum imports soon. Today's update looks at recent news items that highlight the negative impact trade retaliation measures could have on U.S. agriculture if the President follows through on his import tariff promise.
Today's update looks briefly at recent publications from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. These reports give additional insight into the state of the U.S. agricultural economy by providing information on agricultural credit conditions and land values, the value of agricultural production, and the number of farms in the U.S.
Today's update looks briefly at farmland values in the United States, with a specific focus on a recent report from USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) that examined farmland values from 2000 to 2016. The ERS report noted that, "The value of farm real estate accounts for over 80 percent of the value of farm-sector assets and is an important indicator of the sector."
Today's update looks at recent USDA trade highlights from calendar year 2017, and then turns to USDA's export projections for corn and soybeans in the 2018-19 marketing year.
Speaking on Thursday at USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum in Arlington, Virginia, USDA Chief Economist Robert C. Johansson provided a broad outlook for U.S. agriculture. Today’s update provides an overview of key aspects of Dr. Johansson’s presentation.
On Thursday, the Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago and Kansas City each released updates regarding farm income, farmland values and agricultural credit conditions from the fourth quarter of 2017. The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis issued a similar update earlier this month. Today's update highlights core findings from the three reports.
Following the implementation of U.S. import tariffs on solar panels and washing machines, more recent news regarding potential executive branch trade barriers imposed on steel and aluminum imports have caused concern among some American agricultural groups. China is a leading producer of solar panels and steel, and is also a key export destination for U.S. agricultural exports. As U.S. farm income potentially languishes for another year, export markets have become increasingly important to the value of U.S. crop production. Some observers have cautioned that agricultural products could be targeted by China in retaliation for additional U.S. trade restrictions.
On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its 10-year projections for the food and agricultural sector. The report noted that, "Over the next several years, the agricultural sector continues to adjust to lower prices for most farm commodities. Planted acreage drops slightly despite continued low energy costs. However, marked shifts occur – most notably strong global demand for soybeans is expected to induce soybean plantings that exceed corn acreage. Lower feed costs and continued strong global demand provide economic incentives for expansion in the livestock sector." Today’s update highlights aspects of the report that focused on corn and soybeans.