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Ag Groups Say Strong Chance U.S. Joins the New TPP When Biden Shifts Focus to Trade

Biden's USTR nominee was a key player in the USMCA negotiations, and some think USMCA may be a template for future trade talks, including the possibility of rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

A Break From the Record-Breaking Cold In Store Next Week

Brutally cold air blasted across much of the country this week, proving to be a challenge for livestock producers. While the worst may be yet to come this week, the weather could turn a little warmer next week.

Looking Past China, What Are the Next Big Ag Trade Moves for Biden Administration?

Trade seems to be taking a back seat in Washington. From COVID-19 recovery to a focus on climate, other issues are taking priority in the new White House. That's not stopping ag groups from pushing for key trade deals.

Could 2021 Net Farm Income Really Drop? Here's Why USDA’s First Forecast May Be Too Low

The net farm income story this year is far from over. Farmer Mac’s chief economist says history shows USDA’s initial look at net farm income is typically too low and this year may be no different.

USDA’s WASDE Report Revealed Shock Factors for the Cattle Market

The USDA February WASDE report released Tuesday revealed expectations for higher beef production this year, a projection the agency says is driven by beefed up cattle slaughter and heavier weights.

USDA’s first look at farm income shows without continued ad hoc government payments, which reached a record last year, net farm income will drop this year.
With Fewer Government Payments, USDA Forecasts Farm Income to Fall in 2021

USDA’s first look at net farm income shows without continued ad hoc government payments, net farm income will drop this year.

Economist Cautions COOL Could Come with Added Costs

Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) may be back on the table, but it’s far from a done deal. The topic was brought up during Tom Vilsack's confirmation hear thing week, but one economist says the economics have changed.

Even though official numbers won’t be released until early next week, U.S. Meat Export Federation says a promising finish to beef exports in 2020 could set the stage for record shipments in 2021.
Explosive Finish to 2020 Could Propel Beef Exports to New Record in 2021

Even though official numbers won’t be released until early next week, U.S. Meat Export Federation says a promising finish to beef exports in 2020 could set the stage for record shipments in 2021.