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08/16/2019
Trump Takes Heat from Ethanol, Wheat
Ethanol and wheat groups talked of being betrayed by President Donald Trump this week after more refinery waivers from the Renewable Fuels Standard and a gaffe-filled speech about Japanese purchases of U.S. Wheat. Is the grumbling a sign of weakness in rural support for the President, or is it just
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08/09/2019
MFP 3.0 Almost Certain, But USDA Still Figuring Out MFP 2.0 Payments
President Donald Trump on Friday signaled that scheduled trade talks with China may be cancelled, putting another wet blanket on hopes for a farm market recovery. The continued bearish China news makes a 2020 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payment very likely according to Pro Farmer policy Analys
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08/02/2019
Digging In for the Long Haul
Policy analysts, market watchers and especially farmers were caught off guard by President Donald Trump's tweet this week that he will impose new 10% tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods. The announcement was a strong signal that farmers need to be prepared for the long haul in the China t
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07/26/2019
A $7.25 Billion Infusion Into The Rural Economy
Farmers this week got details of the first round of 2019 Market Facilitation Program Payments. The program will dump about $7.25 billion into farming areas of the country around September. What impact will that have on struggling rural economies? Pro Farmer policy analyst Jim Wiesemeyer and AgriTalk
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07/19/2019
What Will We Learn About MFP This Week?
Sources are telling Pro Farmer policy analyst Jim Wiesemeyer to watch for a USDA announcement of details of the 2019 version of Market Facilitation Program payments on Thursday. But will there be enough detail for farmers to determine the financial impact on their operation?  This week's DC Signal
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07/12/2019
Could a Democrat Shakeout Bring Surprises?
Politics guru David Wasserman picks apart various scenarios for the 2020 elections and how they could impact agriculture in this special edition of the DC Signal to Noise podcast with Pro Farmer policy analyst Jim Wiesemeyer and AgriTalk Radio host Chip Flory.
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06/28/2019
Making the Case for All 3 Tariff Aid Payments
Special guest Jeff Harrison of Combest Sell & Associates joins the DC Signal to Noise Podcast this week and makes the case that USDA should commit to paying all three tranches of tariff aid payments in 2019, even if there are breakthroughs in trade deals with China, Mexico and Canada.  Pro Farmer p
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06/21/2019
USMCA Is a Christmas Tree & Trump Is Ready to Play Santa
Mexico this week approved the U.S., Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA) bringing the NAFTA replacement a step closer to ratification. There are positive signs for USMCA approval in Congress this week, according to Pro Farmer policy analyst Jim Wiesemeyer, but Democrats have not yet issued their list of
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06/14/2019
Tariff Aid Gets Murkier
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue continues to add confusion around the 2019 Market Facilitation Program. Pro Farmer's Jim Wiesemeyer says in this week's DC Signal to Noise Podcast that the confusion stems from the fact that USDA is still debating internally how the tariff aid payments should be structure
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06/07/2019
The Prevent Plant Questions Linger
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue continues to be coy about whether prevent plant acres will be eligible for a Market Facilitation Program payment in 2019, adding to the long list of questions growers have about their prevent plant decisions. In this week's DC Signal to Noise Podcast, Pro Farmer policy an
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05/31/2019
Will Mexico Be Able to Satisfy Trump Before Tariff Deadline?
President Donald Trump plans to impose a 5% tariff on everything imported from Mexico starting June 10 unless the Mexican government addresses illegal immigration to the U.S. In tweeting the demand, the president did not provide any guidance on how Mexico could satisfy that demand. Still, Pro Farmer
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05/24/2019
Will USDA Avoid Skewing Planting Decisions?
USDA and the the White House this week unveiled version 2.0 of a tariff aid plan, opting for a single, unified payment for all Title I crops instead of last year's per-bushel, per crop payment. Will the new framework avoid altering planting intentions? Pro Farmer Washington analyst Jim Wiesemeyer, A
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05/17/2019
Crafting Tariff Aid Without Distorting Markets
USDA has to walk a fine line with a new tariff aid plan currently being formulated according to Pro Farmer's policy analyst Jim Wiesmeyer. The now $20 billion package needs to lift up farmers beleaguered by the trade war with China while not prompting distorting changes in planting decisions.  In t
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05/10/2019
China Trade Talks End, Now What?
The U.S. upped tariffs on Chinese good, President Donald Trump announced plans to spend up to $15 billion on farm goods to prop up the ag economy and the Chinese trade team flew home sounding an optimistic tone, but without a trade deal in hand. What comes next? Pro Farmer's Jim Wiesemeyer and Farm
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05/03/2019
Trump Lines Up His Trade Deal Dominoes
An army of 100 Chinese trade negotiators are headed to Washington next week, the biggest sign yet that a trade deal is nearly finished. That could be the first in a line of trade dominoes to fall according to Pro Farmer Washington analyst Jim Wiesemeyer. In this week's DC Signal to Noise Podcast, Wi
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04/26/2019
The Battle for the Gavel Begins
Cong. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.) this week announced his intention to run for chairman of the House Agriculture Committee for the 117th Congress. In this week's DC Signal to Noise Podcast, Pro Farmer Washington analyst Jim Wiesemeyer looks at how open competition for the House Ag gavel could impact the
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04/12/2019
Ag Disaster Down Payment Coming
The Senate still has not been able to move a disaster aid bill covering weather events from two years ago. Meanwhile, pressure is building to provide relief for farmers and ranchers hit by heavy snows, flooding and winds this spring. Pro Farmer Washington Analyst Jim Wiesmeyer says a down payment on
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03/29/2019
Emboldened Trump May Lengthen China Talks
Now that the Mueller report is in the rear view mirror, an emboldened President Donald Trump may take a more aggressive stance on China, lengthening the trade talks, according to Pro Farmer policy analyst Jim Wiesemeyer. In this week's DC Signal to Noise Podcast, Wiesemeyer and Farm Journal news dir
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03/22/2019
China Gets Flooded Out of the Headlines
As historic flooding in Nebraska and other states pushes China out of the headlines, AgDay's Clinton Griffiths joins Pro Farmer policy analyst Jim Wiesemeyer to look at the impacts of the growing disaster. What are the prospects for disaster assistance for farmers and ranchers battling the flood wat
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03/15/2019
Behind the Good News - Bad News for Ethanol
The ethanol industry this week got their long-awaited EPA rule to allow year-round sales of 15% ethanol blends. In the same week, EPA granted five more hardship waivers to allow refineries to bypass ethanol blend rules, and the Renewable Fuels Association announced ethanol use dropped last year for
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03/08/2019
The Last Step Is the Hardest
As a trade deal with China nears the finish line, talks seemed to take a step backward this week. Pro Farmer Washington Analyst Jim Wiesemeyer says on this week's DC Signal to Noise podcast that's because the toughest issues always are the last on the table.
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03/01/2019
Episode 35: Perdue's Bold Moves
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue is making some big moves pushing the Trump administration, including a push of newly-confirmed EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to get E15 rule making done in time for the summer driving season. In an appearance before Commodity Classic in Orlando, he also said the admini
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02/22/2019
Episode 34: Is China Poised to Make a Big Move?
China trade talks are extended, Presidents Donald Trump and Xi JinPing are poised to meet next month and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue tweets that China will buy another 10 million metric tons of soybeans. Pro Farmer Washington Analyst Jim Wiesemeyer, AgriTalk Radio's Chip Flory and Farm Journal News
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02/18/2019
Episode 33: The Metal Tariffs That Won't Go Away
Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act allows the president to place trade restrictions in the interest of national security. President Donald Trump last year used Section 232 to impose protective tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. In this week's DC Signal to Noise, Jim Wiesemeyer and John Hera
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