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New Trade Aid Likely Days Away

Department of Agriculture officials say support for farmers dealing with depressed markets will be made available quickly. President Donald Trump has promised farmers up to $15 billion in aid following the latest round of tariffs implemented Friday. ... Read More

Escalating trade war causing anxiety in America's heartland

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — When President Donald Trump began talking about tariffs in 2017, Upper Midwest soybean farmer Jamie Beyer suspected that her crop could become a weapon. Two years later, she and her family are watching the commodity markets on... Read More

U.S. Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Farmers Export to Cuba

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and John Boozman (R-AR) introduced the Agricultural Export Expansion Act (S.1447), legislation that would make it easier for American farmers to sell their goods to Cuba by removing restric... Read More

Nebraska Farm Bureau Opposes Corporate Incentives Bill

LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska lawmakers must focus on delivering property tax relief for hardworking Nebraska families, not on how to use taxpayer dollars to provide business incentives and corporate tax breaks, according to the Nebraska Farm Bureau. Wi... Read More

Soy growers are fed up with tariffs

U.S. soybean farmers remain frustrated by the lack of progress between the U.S. and China in resolving the trade war, which continues to immediately threaten soy prices and, if not resolved, farmers’ ability to stay in business. The American Soybea... Read More

US farmers who sell to China feel pain of Beijing's tariffs

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — China's announcement Monday of higher tariffs on $60 billion of American exports — retaliation for President Donald Trump's latest penalties on Chinese goods — hit particularly hard in the farm belt. China's vast consume... Read More

What is a tariff? An economist explains

The world is lurching ever closer to a full-blown trade war as the U.S., China, Europe, Canada, and Mexico talk tariffs and retaliation. President Donald Trump made the initial salvoback in March, when he placed duties on steel and aluminum. These a... Read More

Farm Bureau & Farmers Union unite on bankruptcy bill

With many farm operations stretched to their financial limit, farm groups are pushing for legislation to help extend their breaking point. The Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019 (S.897, H.R. 2336) will help more family farmers avoid bankruptcy or fore... Read More

Trump says U.S. farmers to get $15 billion in aid amid China trade war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Monday that his administration was planning to provide about $15 billion in aid to help U.S. farmers whose products may be targeted with tariffs by China amid a deepening trade war. “We’r... Read More

Beghin Named Michael Yanney Chair at Nebraska

Lincoln, Nebraska, May 13, 2019 — The Clayton Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance and Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln announced May 13 that John Beghin has been named the Michael Yanney ... Read More

Joint Statement of Western Hemisphere Agriculture Leaders

Niigata, Japan– Western Hemisphere agriculture leaders met Sunday on the margins of the G-20 Agricultural Ministerial in Niigata, Japan, affirming their intent to work together to champion global food security and agricultural trade on the basis o... Read More

Secretary in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has picked up his barbeque tongs to convey his message to Japan: Buy more American beef. Perdue said Monday that as a top consumer of U.S. beef, Japan should treat the U.S. fairly. He said he ... Read More

Trump says in 'no rush' for China trade deal, defends tariffs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he was in “absolutely no rush” to finalize a trade agreement with China as negotiators from both countries prepared to continue talks in Washington, in a sign that discussions coul... Read More

Study: Trump tariff talks drive Nebraska's $200M export drop

A new report says a nearly $200 million decline in Nebraska's agricultural exports in 2017 was driven by President Donald Trump's threats to impose tariffs on U.S. trading partners. The Nebraska Farm Bureau report attributes the drop to decreases ... Read More