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Out of This World

Mar 17 2021 As a youngster in elementary school, I remember in early May of 1961 partaking in a special school assembly where a large (for the times) black and white TV was set up before us and we had the opportunity to watch the liftoff from Cape Canaveral of first US... more

Plenty of Sunshine in the Forecast

Feb 22 2021 It seems like news is too often negative - employment gains slowing, fuel prices heading quickly up under the new administraiton, more talk of inflation - the list goes on. And while it is true farm incomes are down, keeping its relative drop in longer... more

Increasing Food Security

Feb 18 2021 I just love stories like this. It is a real world example of how the state of humanity has continued to improve over the years, and at an increasing pace. https://www.morningagclips.com... Constructed by the Norwegian government almost four decades ago, it is... more

No Grinch Here

Dec 24 2020 The U.S. Department of Agriculture has again done its part in making possible a seamless fulfillment of the obligations concomitant with the "Nice" list. It should be noted that the U.S. Customs Service and Department of Homeland Defense have also fully... more

Ag Exports Face Additional Headwinds - Container A&vailability

Nov 1 2020 It's no secret during the supply chain disruptions caused by the world's reaction to COVID-19/Wuhan that container availability and repositioning has created some immense challenges for logistics management of all cargoes. Ag products have not been exempt... more

Migration and High Pathology Avian Influenza

Oct 31 2020 It's that season again, when migrating birds can act as vectors for the dreaded HPAI. The World Organization for Animal Health, better known by its French acronym OIE, advises that Russia has reported an outbreak in an agricultural region about 100 miles... more

Good News for American Pork Producers

Oct 30 2020 After taking a huge hit to its breeding and production stock as a result of the lightening spread of African Swine Fever over the last 20 months, Vietnam has had to look to other sources for pork, by far the majority of the red meat diet of the country. A new... more

Support Available for Agricultural Commodities Exports

Oct 5 2020 The USDA Foriegn Agricultural Service (FAS) advises that the UDSA announced that almost a half billion dollars of credit guarantees are available under the Facility Gurantee Program. As global markets increase in importance to US agricutural output, awareness... more

ASF - Still a Scourge on the World Scene

Oct 1 2020 African Swine Fever continues to hurt swine production hard. In addition to the ongoing pandemic in China, feral animals have been vectors for the disease getting a toehold in Germany, a very bad development. The situation, and the threats, opportunities and... more

Understanding China's Role in World Food Trade

Sep 30 2020 With popular media's misdescription and negative representations of theTrump Administration challenging China's growing legacy of investing huge resources into intellectual property theft, unfair trade practices, and economic and diplomatic hegemony, many in... more



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