U.S. farm products likely targets as Canada refreshes tariff list
Canada could soon propose retaliatory tariffs on “a significant number of agricultural products,” including U.S. wine, pork, apples and ethanol, as part of its campaign for removal of American tariffs on steel and aluminum, said ambassador David MacNaughton on Monday.
Hemp won’t grow like a weed on U.S. farms, says USDA official
For all the buzz about recently legalized industrial hemp, Agriculture Undersecretary Bill Northey expects a slow shift to the crop.
A modest rise in farm income this year
Higher grain and soybean prices will increase U.S. net farm income modestly this year, said a University of Missouri think tank on Monday.
TODAY’S QUICK HITS
Lawmakers’ tepid response to dairy plan (FERN’s Ag Insider): Supply management is a popular idea among farm activists for resolving the spate of low dairy prices but lawmakers are not persuaded, said president Roger Johnson of the National Farmers Union. “That’s not going to happen unless the demand comes from the countryside,” Johnson told the North American Agricultural Journalists.
USDA slams Washington Post report (USDA): In a rare step for a federal agency, the Food Safety and Inspection Service said the Washington Post presented a one-sided and unfair explanation of a new inspection system for hog slaughter plants based on “the talking points of special interest groups.”
Say ‘glyphosate-free’ and charge more (The Hagstrom Report): Seattle research company Hartman Group says “glyphosate-free” is one of four food descriptors that food companies can use in charging higher prices for their products.
Iowa flood losses may hit $2 billion (IFB): Economists at the Iowa Farm Bureau say the state may record $2 billion or more in damages from this spring’s flood in clean-up, delayed or prevented planting of some fields, and damaged roads and bridges.