AgriTalk
01/22/2021
How Will Biden Admin See Rural America?
The Trump and Obama administrations had very different relationships with agriculture and rural America. Will the Biden Administration learn any lessons from those two predecessors? Pro Farmer's Jim Wiesemeyer and Farm Journal's John Herath look at the relationship between ag and the incoming admini
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01/15/2021
Trump Admin Hands Out More CFAP Money on Way Out the Door
USDA announced the release of $2.3 billion in leftover funds from the first and second rounds of the Coronavirus Food Aid Program (CFAP) on Friday, most of it to benefit contract hog and poultry producers. On this week's DC Signal to Noise Podcast, Pro Farmer's Jim Wiesemeyer and John Herath of Farm
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01/08/2021
Biden Team Outreach to Ag Unprecedented
The outreach from the Biden transition team to ag organizations is unprecedented, according to National Corn Growers Association CEO Jon Doggett. It started with an out of the blue call from the designee for EPA Administrator and has continued with calls to a number of groups and at varying staff le
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12/18/2020
Biden Sets His Climate Cabinet
President-Elect Joe Biden has set his climate cabinet, including Special Envoy John Kerry, Domestic Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator Michael Regan and more. In this week's DC Signal to Noise podcast, Pro Farmer's Jim Wiesemeyer and John Herath of Farm Journal look at the big climate
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11/20/2020
Will Congress Leave COVID Aid Under the Christmas Tree?
Will a lame duck Congress approve a COVID-19 aid package? Pro Farmer's Jim Wiesemeyer thinks so and lays out the reasons why in this week's DC Signal to Noise Podcast.Other topics analyzed by Wiesmeyer and Farm Journal's John Herath in this week's episode:Will the Commodity Credit Corporation be ful
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11/13/2020
Post Election Anaysis
In this week's DC Signal to Noise Podcast, Pro Farmers's Jim Wiesemeyer and John Herath of Farm Journal look at the key outcomes of the Nov. 3 election and how the election will impact agriculture. The analysis includes a look at who might fill key ag positions in a new administration and new Congre
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11/06/2020
Is Split Government Good for Agriculture?
The voters have spoken, and while we're still trying to figure out everything they've said, one message is clear: control of government will be divided for at least the next two years. That split could prove good for agriculture by moderating pushes from the left for climate legislation, tax changes
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10/30/2020
There Are Positives for Ag Either Way the Election Goes
While the latest Farm Journal Pulse Poll shows 85% of ag respondents plan to vote to re-elect President Donald Trump, there is a potential for some positive outcomes no matter which way the election goes.  In this week's DC Signal to Noise Podcast Pro Farmer's Jim Wiesemeyer and Farm Journal's John
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10/23/2020
The Ag Issues Driving the Last Week of the Campaign
As the 2020 presidential election stretches into its final week, what issues are the focus in rural America? In this week's DC Signal to Noise Podcast, Pro Farmer's Jim Wiesemeyer and Farm Journal's John Herath look at tax policy, regulatory policy, energy issues and other topics driving the final w
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10/16/2020
Will Split-Ticket Voting Change the Balance of Power?
Will the electorate seek to keep a separation of powers in Washington? Pro Farmer's Jim Wiesemeyer is seeing growing anecdotal evidence that voter will seek to split their ticket in greater numbers in 2020 in order to keep both Democrats and Republicans in check. How will that impact both the presid
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10/09/2020
The State of the Race
As the 2020 campaign heads into the final weeks, polling shows President Donald Trump with a double-digit deficit, but is another 2016 surprise in the wings? Pro Farmer's Jim Wiesemeyer and Farm Journal's John Herath break down the state of the race and the potential impacts on agriculture in this w
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10/02/2020
How Does the October Covid Surprise Change Things?
News that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19 shook the political world this week. In the DC Signal to Noise Podcast, Pro Farmer's Jim Wiesemeyer and Farm Journal's John Herath talk through how the news could impact further coronavirus aid, trading partne
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09/25/2020
A Week Without Mentioning China?
Did China really not make our list of topics for DC Signal to Noise?There is plenty of other news for Pro Farmer's Jim Wiesemeyer and Farm Journal's John Herath to dissect this week including the fight to get Commodity Credit Corporation funding in the budget continuing resolution, the prospects for
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09/18/2020
Just How Much Corn is China Buying?
There's fresh Covid aid news, big question marks on China's corn buys and Pro Farmer's Jim Wiesemeyer was correct in a big American Soybean Association prediction a couple of months ago.On this week's DC Signal to Noise podcast, Wiesemeyer and Farm Journal's John Herath cover the details of the seco
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09/18/2020
Signal to Noise Extra: Northey Provides CFAP2 Details
In this DC Signal to Noise Extra: USDA Under Secretary Bill Northey provides details of the just-announced second round of the Coronavirus Food Aid Program which will provide up to $14 billion in payments to all sectors of agriculture.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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09/11/2020
Will CFAP2 Be Revenue Based?
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue last week promised details this week on a second round of Coronavirus Food Aid Program (CFAP) payments, but that news never came. But might there be big changes in how the second round program is structured? Pro Farmer's Jim Wiesemyer says in this week's DC Signal to Nois
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09/04/2020
What Will Be in CFAP 2?
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue while in Iowa this week said details of a second round of Coronavirus Food Aid Program payments would be announced in the coming week. Weill the new round of funding cover 2020 crops? Will USDA indemnify livestock producers who had to euthanize animals? Pro Farmer's Jim W
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08/31/2020
FTC Episode 105: Who Will Win the Presidential Election? How Will it Impact Agriculture?
A special bonus for DC Signal to Noise: Jim Wiesemeyer talks with Andrew McCrea about the 2020 election on Farming the Countryside.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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08/31/2020
Special Election 2020 Edition
Jim Wiesemeyer's look at the 2020 election for Farm Journal Field Days.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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08/28/2020
Did the Conventions Change Anything?
Did the Democrat and Republican national conventions change any minds? Pro Farmer's Jim Wiesemeyer and Farm Journal's John Herath debate where the race stands in the final stretch and look at a surprising early call that the presidential race is over.In this week's episode, Wiesemeyer says he is hea
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08/07/2020
If Congress Fails to Act on Aid, USDA Has a Money Pot
Congressional negotiators failed to craft a deal on a fourth round of COVID-19 aid on Friday, placing a question mark on aid for the unemployed, businesses and units of government. Agriculture, on the other hand, may still have some wiggle room for aid, according to Pro Farmer's Jim Wiesemeyer with
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07/31/2020
Coronovirus Ag Aid Likely to Favor House Version
This week will likely see a mad rush to come to a compromise on a coronavirus aid package. As far as agriculture is concerned, that ultimate compromise bill will likely look more like the House package than the Senate's, according to Pro Farmer Policy Analyst Jim Wiesemeyer.See omnystudio.com/listen
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07/24/2020
Signal to Noise: It's Time to Worry About China
The tit-for-tat closings of consulates between the U.S. and China and the stronger rhetoric coming from both Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump this week are raising alarm bells for Pro Farmer Policy Analyst Jim Wiesemeyer.In this week's DC Signal to Noise Podcast Wiesemeyer,
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07/17/2020
Cotton's Take on Trade and COVID-19 Aid
As the rhetoric between China and the U.S. continues to heat up and Congress gets set to negotiate a fourth round of COVID-19 aid, we look at how the events are impacting the cotton industry and what cotton growers want in a new aid package with Gary Adams of the National Cotton Council.See omnystud
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