AgriTalk
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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07/10/2020
A New Farm Bill in 2021?
Pro Farmer Policy Analyst Jim WIesemeyer is being asked by Washington insiders about the prospects for a new farm bill after the election. On this week's DC Signal to Noise, Wiesemeyer and Farm Journal News Director John Herath look at the prospects and the potential reasons behind an early farm bil
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07/03/2020
The China Signal to Watch For
Tensions with China escalated this week as the Chinese government clamped down on Hong Kong. Will the dispute start to impact the Phase One trade deal? Pro Farmer Policy Analyst Jim Wiesemeyer has a key signal to watch for that would indicate the trade deal is in peril.In this week's DC Signal to No
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06/19/2020
Could Trump Walk Away from China?
President Donald Trump this week tweeted that a decoupling from China was on the table. Would President Trump walk away from China and under what conditions? We get answers from Pro Farmer Policy Analyst Jim Wiesemeyer on this week's DC Signal to Noise Podcast.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy
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06/12/2020
Is Dicamba Just the Beginning?
Will activist groups be targeting other herbicides now that the Ninth Circuit Court has overturned EPA's conditional approval of three dicamba products? We take a look at what could come next for the ag chem industry in this week's DC Signal to Noise Podcast. We also look at the presidential campaig
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06/05/2020
So That Thing About Trump Wanting to Ban Cattle Imports...
This week on DC Signal to Noise, Pro Farmer Policy Analyst Jim Wiesemeyer has the story behind that awkward moment when President Trump out of nowhere proposed a ban on cattle imports while announcing details of the Coronavirus Food Aid Program.This week's podcast also offers a deeper look at the co
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05/29/2020
CFAP Signup Begins - Will China Blink
Signup for the latest round of pandemic relief aid rolls out with few major problems. Meanwhile relations between the U.S. and China grow more tense as ag purchases were starting to rise.We cover all of this and more in this week's DC Signal to Noise podcast, including a look inside the news of how
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05/23/2020
USDA Adds to CFAP Confusion
On this week's DC Signal to Noise, a look at how USDA added to the confusion with its roll out of the Coronavirus Food Aid Program Rules and the latest on the conflicting messages coming from China.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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05/15/2020
What is Happening With CFAP?
USDA promised details of the Coronavirus Food Aid Plan (CFAP) in a webinar on Thursday this week.  That webinar ended up being painfully short and painfully short on details. When will we get the rules for the ag aid program? Will USDA still be able to meet their target of sending the first round of
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05/08/2020
As We Wait for CFAP Rules
The waiting game continues for vital details of USDA's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). The proposed rules for the ag aid package were delivered to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) this week. Pro Farmer Policy Analyst Jim Wiesemeyer expects those rules to be unveiled by USDA earl
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