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01/17/2020
What We're Hearing About Trade Deal With India
Pro Farmer's Jim Wiesemeyer broke the news Friday that the White House is in negotiations for President Donald Trump to travel to India in the coming weeks, possible to sign a mini trade deal. In this week's DC Signal to Noise podcast we break down what could be in that potential trade deal and how
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01/16/2020
Signal to Noise Extra: USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue on Phase One Deal
In a Signal to Noise extra, AgDay TV's Clinton Griffiths talks with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue following the signing of the Phase One trade deal with China. Secretary Perdue says purchases of U.S. ag products should start in days, not weeks or months. He also confirms that the third tranche of Mar
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01/10/2020
Ag to Push for Third MFP Payment
Ag leaders will make a push for USDA to release the third round of Market Facilitation Program Payments next month according to Pro Farmer Policy Analyst Jim Wiesemeyer. As he reports in this week's DC Signal to Noise Podcast, ag leaders will make their pitch directly to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue
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12/27/2019
S-N-Special-Episode-Outlook-Moore
Special episode - 2020 policy outlook with Dale Moore of the American Farm Bureau Federation.
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12/27/2019
S-N-Special-Episode-Outlook-Hoeven
Special episode 2020 policy outlook with Senator John Hoeven.
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12/27/2019
S-N-Special-Episode-Outlook-Johnson
Policy outlook for 2020 with National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson.
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12/27/2019
S-N-Special-Episode-Outlook-Wiesemeyer
Special 2020 policy outlook with Pro Farmer Policy Analyst Jim Wiesemeyer.
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12/24/2019
S-N-Special-Episode-Outlook-Doud
An in-depth look back at the trade negotiations completed in 2019 and a look forward to trade priorities for 2020 with U.S. Chief Ag Trade Negotiator Gregg Doud.
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12/20/2019
Will Iowa Be Happy With RFS Plans?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week unveiled its final rule on the Renewable Fuels Standard, and it drew immediate ire from biofuels groups and Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley. Pro Farmer policy analyst Jim Wiesemeyer says those groups are missing some of the details of the plan and that
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12/13/2019
Despite Impeachment, President Trump Had a Good Week
In a week where President Donald Trump had articles of impeachment filed against him, the president had a surprisingly good week legislatively. His marquis piece of legislation, the U.S., Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA) is finally moving to a vote, there were steps forward in China trade, and there
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12/06/2019
Will There Be Movement on Trade Before the End of 2019
As Congress looks to wrap up work before Christmas, there are a number of huge issues looming in addition to impeachment. In this week's DC Signal to Noise Podcast, Pro Farmer policy analyst Jim Wiesemeyer breaks down the odds for movement on China trade talks; the U.S., Mexico, Canada Agreement, a
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11/22/2019
Impeachment Takes a Toll on USMCA
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) this week said a vote on the U.S., Canada, Mexico agreement will likely slide into 2020. Pro Farmer policy analyst Jim Wiesmeyer said the delay is a sign that impeachment hearings are taking a toll on progress in Washington. There is a glimmer of hope, however,
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11/15/2019
Live From Milk Business Conference in Las Vegas
Dean Foods filed for bankruptcy this week. That was quickly followed by reports that Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) would seek to purchase many of the dairy processor's assets. In this week's DC Signal to Noise Podcast, Editor of Farm Journal's MILK, Anna-Lisa Laca and Pro Farmer policy analyst Jim
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11/08/2019
Signal to Noise Extra: Sen. Hoeven and Under Secretary Northey
USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey visited North Dakota Friday and brought with him a disaster declaration for 47 of the state's 53 counties. During the visit, Northey and Senator John Hoeven checked in with DC Signal to Noise to talk about the declaration, the ch
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11/08/2019
House Ag Chair Exclusive: USMCA Vote Next Week?
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) joins the DC Signal to Noise Podcast for an extended discussion of continued Market Facilitation Program payments, the fight over renewable fuels, a rebound in the dairy industry, the home stretch for a U.S., Canada, Mexico Agreement and
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11/01/2019
Conaway: MFP Payments Must Flow - Biofuel Growth Must Be Market Driven
In an exclusive interview with Pro Farmer policy analyst Jim Wiesemeyer, House Agriculture Committee ranking member Cong. Mike Conaway (R-TX) says that rounds two and three of the Market Facilitation Program payments must flow to farmers in November and January. In the interview featured in this we
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10/18/2019
Just How Close to a China Deal Are We?
Last week we shared details of a just-announced partial trade agreement with China. This week, some details of that agreement, including to what extent there is an agreement, were questioned on both sides of the Pacific. Pro Farmer Policy Analyst Jim Wiesemeyer details what we do and don't know abou
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10/11/2019
Ag Gets a Trade Deal With China - Is There a Devil in the Details?
President Donald Trump late on Friday announced a "Phase 1" trade deal with China that the president said completes the negotiations on agriculture. According to the President, China has agreed to purchase $40-50 billion in U.S. agricultural products annually.  But there is, as of yet, no written a
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10/04/2019
Why Does the RFS Deal Feel Less Than Complete?
EPA, USDA and the White House on Friday announced the long-awaited deal to end the biofuels vs. oil dispute over the Renewable Fuels Standard and ethanol blending exemptions granted to a number of refineries. But, as Pro Farmer Policy Analyst Jim Wiesemeyer and Farm Journal News Director John Herath
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09/27/2019
Does USMCA Get Chewed Up By Impeachment
Can Congress still work to get the U.S., Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA) passed with so much energy being focused on impeachment proceedings? Pro Farmer Policy Analyst Jim Wiesemeyer and Farm Journal News Director John Herath say "yes" while AgWeb policy writer Anna-Lisa Laca argues "no" in this we
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09/20/2019
The House Ag Committee is No Longer Bipartisan
An attempt this week by Democratic leadership to put roadblocks on tariff aid payments for farmers split open a wide rift of partisanship on the House Agriculture Committee, a body that has long touted its history of working above party disagreements.  The feud culminated with a tweet from committee
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09/13/2019
Could Dems Stop MFP Payments?
A draft budget continuing resolution would cap funding for the Commodity Credit Corporation and put Market Facilitation Program payments as well as other Farm Service Agency payments in jeopardy. Pro Farmer Policy Analyst Jim Wiesemeyer weighs in on the policy and the politics of the move and whethe
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09/06/2019
Can Trump Calm Biofuel Fires?
An agreement to sooth the anger of biofuel groups was anticipated this week, but talks are still ongoing. Jim Wiesemeyer, John Herath, Chip Flory and Anna-Lisa Laca have the latest on what it will take to calm biofuel interests in the wake of 31 refinery waivers of the Renewable Fuels Standard. Wies
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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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