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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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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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