Cuba Policy Change Not Good for Agriculture

Jun 16, 2017 61

During a speech today in Miami, Florida, President Donald Trump announced plans to roll back an Obama-era detente with Cuba, a move that will tighten export restrictions and create roadblocks in the distribution of goods, complicating agricultural trade with Cuba.  Wesley Spurlock, president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to today’s announcement, “Cuba should be an easy market for U.S. corn farmers. Instead, that market has gone to our competitors—costing us an estimated $125 million in lost opportunity each year. If trade with Cuba were normalized, it would represent our 11th largest market for corn. Instead, we have just 11 percent market share in a country only 90 miles from our border. At a time when the farm economy is struggling, we ask our leaders in Washington not to close doors on market opportunities for American agriculture.”

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said in a statement: “We urge the administration to exercise caution in rolling out any new restrictions on doing business with Cuba that would limit our agricultural export opportunities. We should be doing more, not less, to encourage U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba. Our farmers and ranchers and the Cuban people would benefit from increased sales of high-quality, American-grown food and feed. The American Farm Bureau will continue to work with the administration and Congress to maintain and improve the conditions for agricultural trade with Cuba.”

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“USGC has worked in Cuba for nearly two decades to help capture grain demand and develop its livestock industry within the confines of U.S. policy. While the announcement today will make our efforts in Cuba more difficult – and almost certainly cost U.S. corn farmers sales in the short term – we have every intention of continuing our work there to build long-term, mutually-beneficial trade,” said U.S. Grains Council President and CEO Tom Sleight. “In the first eight months of this marketing year, Cuba purchased more than 250,000 metric tons (9.8 million bushels) of corn from the United States, about 30 percent of their total demand. This shows both that Cubans want our product when its competitive to other origins and that we have significant room for growth given the right policy environment.”

According to USGC Cuba has historically been a 900,000 metric ton (35.4 million bushel) corn market; based on recent export sales, it would be the 11th largest customer for U.S. farmers.

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Cuba Policy Change Not Good for Agriculture

Jun 16, 2017 59

During a speech today in Miami, Florida, President Donald Trump announced plans to roll back an Obama-era detente with Cuba, a move that will tighten export restrictions and create roadblocks in the distribution of goods, complicating agricultural trade with Cuba.  Wesley Spurlock, president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to today’s announcement, “Cuba should be an easy market for U.S. corn farmers. Instead, that market has gone to our competitors—costing us an estimated $125 million in lost opportunity each year. If trade with Cuba were normalized, it would represent our 11th largest market for corn. Instead, we have just 11 percent market share in a country only 90 miles from our border. At a time when the farm economy is struggling, we ask our leaders in Washington not to close doors on market opportunities for American agriculture.”

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said in a statement: “We urge the administration to exercise caution in rolling out any new restrictions on doing business with Cuba that would limit our agricultural export opportunities. We should be doing more, not less, to encourage U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba. Our farmers and ranchers and the Cuban people would benefit from increased sales of high-quality, American-grown food and feed. The American Farm Bureau will continue to work with the administration and Congress to maintain and improve the conditions for agricultural trade with Cuba.”

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“USGC has worked in Cuba for nearly two decades to help capture grain demand and develop its livestock industry within the confines of U.S. policy. While the announcement today will make our efforts in Cuba more difficult – and almost certainly cost U.S. corn farmers sales in the short term – we have every intention of continuing our work there to build long-term, mutually-beneficial trade,” said U.S. Grains Council President and CEO Tom Sleight. “In the first eight months of this marketing year, Cuba purchased more than 250,000 metric tons (9.8 million bushels) of corn from the United States, about 30 percent of their total demand. This shows both that Cubans want our product when its competitive to other origins and that we have significant room for growth given the right policy environment.”

According to USGC Cuba has historically been a 900,000 metric ton (35.4 million bushel) corn market; based on recent export sales, it would be the 11th largest customer for U.S. farmers.

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A Hoosier Hot, Dry 10-14 Day Stretch Developing

Jun 15, 2017 61

Planting forecast last half of June

In the new planting and early crop development forecast, good rains this week might lead to more in the coming days, but maybe not as much as originally thought. Ryan Martin is HAT chief meteorologist. He says the next two weeks could be quite interesting to watch.

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“I still see a minor front that tries to come in at mid-week this coming week, but moisture totals are being eased back, both in my forecast and in both major computer models,” Martin explains. “And one of the things I’ve been talking about since last Monday is the fact that I think we’re going to start seeing a nice upper level ridge develop here. The so called ridging effect has really got the trade divided. If we see a big upper level ridge, dry, hot weather coming in, the trade takes that and runs with it as a bad sign. I think we are going to see some ridging.”

Martin says we also need to keep eyes on a tropical system coming through the gulf area.

“If it makes land fall on the gulf coast, that could play all sorts of havoc with weather patterns across the United States.”

So, what kind of rain totals and temperatures does he look for in the Seed Consultants forecast?

“I’m looking for temperatures to be near normal as we kick off the first part of this week, but if we get that upper level high pressure dome and ridge to build like I think we will, I expect temperatures through the rest of the week to climb back to above normal levels. The big question mark will be rains at mid-week, Tuesday night, Wednesday. I think we’re probably looking at moisture totals on the order of a quarter to maybe ¾ of an inch. If we get stronger thunderstorms we would have to raise that. my gut feeling is most of the strong weather stays south.”

Martin says brace yourself for a lot less moisture overall in the next 10 days to 2 weeks. He has more with the complete planting forecast, delivered free by Hoosier Ag Today email tomorrow morning, sponsored by Seed Consultants and Kokomo Grain.

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Fueling Freedom Returns for 9th Year

Jun 15, 2017 47

Fueling Freedom Returns for 9th Year

CountryMark fuel stations around the state are gearing up for the 9th annual Fueling Freedom promotion. On Friday, June 23, thirty-nine CountryMark stations will be raising money for the Indiana National Guard through Fueling Freedom. CountryMark Vice President of Supply & Marketing Matt Smorch explains that CountryMark will donate 50 cents per gallon purchased to the local National Guard Readiness Group. “Fueling Freedom is our opportunity to pay tribute to the service, sacrifice and patriotism of local National Guard troops and their families,” said Smorch .“We are proud to partner with CountryMark retail fuel stations throughout the state to give back to our military families and honor the sacrifice they make to serve and protect our country.”

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Last year, over $64,000 was raised, and Smorch says all the funds stay in the local community. In addition, customers will have the chance to register to win a $150.00 gift card.

National Guard members and their families will be at each location along with CountryMark personnel. The funds raised will go to help family members of deployed soldiers with some of the quality of life things that get overlooked, “Things like summer picnics, Christmas parties, after school programs, and even sending packages to local deployed  solders.”

The promotion takes place next Friday afternoon between noon and 5pm at participating locations.

Participating CountryMark retail sites include:

Bloomfield, IN 1172 E. State Road 58

Bluffton, IN 705 W. Market St.

Brownstown, IN 1300 W. Commerce St.

Crothersville, IN 5307 S. Hwy 31

Elberfeld, IN 10922 State Rd. 57

Elwood, IN 239 North 29th Street

Evansville, IN 5015 N. St. Joseph Ave.

Evansville, IN 11115 Broadway Ave.

Fairland, IN 12740 E. Southeastern Ave.

Fountaintown, IN 11650 N. State Rd. 9

Fowler, IN 101 W. 5th St.

Greenfield, IN 230 W Osage Street

Greensburg, IN 766 W. Main St. 1001 N. Lincoln St.

Greenville, OH 619 Sater St.

Huntingburg, IN 901 N. Main St.

Lake Village, IN 2927 W. 950 N.

Lebanon, IN 817 W. South St.

Liberty, IN 404 N. Main St. (Hwy 27 S.)

Loogootee, IN Hwy 50 E.

Lyons, IN Broad & Wine St.

Mitchell, IN 1955 IN 37

Monrovia, IN 490 N. Chestnut St.

Muncie, IN 11546 S. U.S. Highway 35

Oaktown, IN 9423 N. US Hwy 41

Osgood, IN Hwy 350 W.

Plainville, IN Hwy 57

Poseyville, IN 75 Cynthiana Road

Prairie Creek, IN 15817 State Road 63

Princeton, IN 1471 East State Road 64

Rensselaer, IN 1466 N. McKinley Ave.

Richmond, IN 498 S. 8th St.

Richmond, IN 1435 NW 5th Street

Rushville, IN 627 W. 3rd St.

Salem, IN 5155 E SR 56

Seymour, IN 101 Community Dr.

Shelbyville, IN 1601 E State Rd 44 W

Terre Haute, IN 9950 S US Highway 41

Vincennes, IN 3002 S. Decker Rd.

Waltonville, IL 211 East Randolph St.

Exact locations for all CountryMark retail stations can be found at the company’s online retail locator map.

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Fueling Freedom Returns for 9th Year

Jun 15, 2017 41

Fueling Freedom Returns for 9th Year

CountryMark fuel stations around the state are gearing up for the 9th annual Fueling Freedom promotion. On Friday, June 23, thirty-nine CountryMark stations will be raising money for the Indiana National Guard through Fueling Freedom. CountryMark Vice President of Supply & Marketing Matt Smorch explains that CountryMark will donate 50 cents per gallon purchased to the local National Guard Readiness Group. “Fueling Freedom is our opportunity to pay tribute to the service, sacrifice and patriotism of local National Guard troops and their families,” said Smorch .“We are proud to partner with CountryMark retail fuel stations throughout the state to give back to our military families and honor the sacrifice they make to serve and protect our country.”

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Last year, over $64,000 was raised, and Smorch says all the funds stay in the local community. In addition, customers will have the chance to register to win a $150.00 gift card.

National Guard members and their families will be at each location along with CountryMark personnel. The funds raised will go to help family members of deployed soldiers with some of the quality of life things that get overlooked, “Things like summer picnics, Christmas parties, after school programs, and even sending packages to local deployed  solders.”

The promotion takes place next Friday afternoon between noon and 5pm at participating locations.

Participating CountryMark retail sites include:

Bloomfield, IN 1172 E. State Road 58

Bluffton, IN 705 W. Market St.

Brownstown, IN 1300 W. Commerce St.

Crothersville, IN 5307 S. Hwy 31

Elberfeld, IN 10922 State Rd. 57

Elwood, IN 239 North 29th Street

Evansville, IN 5015 N. St. Joseph Ave.

Evansville, IN 11115 Broadway Ave.

Fairland, IN 12740 E. Southeastern Ave.

Fountaintown, IN 11650 N. State Rd. 9

Fowler, IN 101 W. 5th St.

Greenfield, IN 230 W Osage Street

Greensburg, IN 766 W. Main St. 1001 N. Lincoln St.

Greenville, OH 619 Sater St.

Huntingburg, IN 901 N. Main St.

Lake Village, IN 2927 W. 950 N.

Lebanon, IN 817 W. South St.

Liberty, IN 404 N. Main St. (Hwy 27 S.)

Loogootee, IN Hwy 50 E.

Lyons, IN Broad & Wine St.

Mitchell, IN 1955 IN 37

Monrovia, IN 490 N. Chestnut St.

Muncie, IN 11546 S. U.S. Highway 35

Oaktown, IN 9423 N. US Hwy 41

Osgood, IN Hwy 350 W.

Plainville, IN Hwy 57

Poseyville, IN 75 Cynthiana Road

Prairie Creek, IN 15817 State Road 63

Princeton, IN 1471 East State Road 64

Rensselaer, IN 1466 N. McKinley Ave.

Richmond, IN 498 S. 8th St.

Richmond, IN 1435 NW 5th Street

Rushville, IN 627 W. 3rd St.

Salem, IN 5155 E SR 56

Seymour, IN 101 Community Dr.

Shelbyville, IN 1601 E State Rd 44 W

Terre Haute, IN 9950 S US Highway 41

Vincennes, IN 3002 S. Decker Rd.

Waltonville, IL 211 East Randolph St.

Exact locations for all CountryMark retail stations can be found at the company’s online retail locator map.

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Fueling Freedom Returns for 9th Year

Jun 15, 2017 45

Fueling Freedom Returns for 9th Year

CountryMark fuel stations around the state are gearing up for the 9th annual Fueling Freedom promotion. On Friday, June 23, thirty-nine CountryMark stations will be raising money for the Indiana National Guard through Fueling Freedom. CountryMark Vice President of Supply & Marketing Matt Smorch explains that CountryMark will donate 50 cents per gallon purchased to the local National Guard Readiness Group. “Fueling Freedom is our opportunity to pay tribute to the service, sacrifice and patriotism of local National Guard troops and their families,” said Smorch .“We are proud to partner with CountryMark retail fuel stations throughout the state to give back to our military families and honor the sacrifice they make to serve and protect our country.”

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Last year, over $64,000 was raised, and Smorch says all the funds stay in the local community. In addition, customers will have the chance to register to win a $150.00 gift card.

National Guard members and their families will be at each location along with CountryMark personnel. The funds raised will go to help family members of deployed soldiers with some of the quality of life things that get overlooked, “Things like summer picnics, Christmas parties, after school programs, and even sending packages to local deployed  solders.”

The promotion takes place next Friday afternoon between noon and 5pm at participating locations.

Participating CountryMark retail sites include:

Bloomfield, IN 1172 E. State Road 58

Bluffton, IN 705 W. Market St.

Brownstown, IN 1300 W. Commerce St.

Crothersville, IN 5307 S. Hwy 31

Elberfeld, IN 10922 State Rd. 57

Elwood, IN 239 North 29th Street

Evansville, IN 5015 N. St. Joseph Ave.

Evansville, IN 11115 Broadway Ave.

Fairland, IN 12740 E. Southeastern Ave.

Fountaintown, IN 11650 N. State Rd. 9

Fowler, IN 101 W. 5th St.

Greenfield, IN 230 W Osage Street

Greensburg, IN 766 W. Main St. 1001 N. Lincoln St.

Greenville, OH 619 Sater St.

Huntingburg, IN 901 N. Main St.

Lake Village, IN 2927 W. 950 N.

Lebanon, IN 817 W. South St.

Liberty, IN 404 N. Main St. (Hwy 27 S.)

Loogootee, IN Hwy 50 E.

Lyons, IN Broad & Wine St.

Mitchell, IN 1955 IN 37

Monrovia, IN 490 N. Chestnut St.

Muncie, IN 11546 S. U.S. Highway 35

Oaktown, IN 9423 N. US Hwy 41

Osgood, IN Hwy 350 W.

Plainville, IN Hwy 57

Poseyville, IN 75 Cynthiana Road

Prairie Creek, IN 15817 State Road 63

Princeton, IN 1471 East State Road 64

Rensselaer, IN 1466 N. McKinley Ave.

Richmond, IN 498 S. 8th St.

Richmond, IN 1435 NW 5th Street

Rushville, IN 627 W. 3rd St.

Salem, IN 5155 E SR 56

Seymour, IN 101 Community Dr.

Shelbyville, IN 1601 E State Rd 44 W

Terre Haute, IN 9950 S US Highway 41

Vincennes, IN 3002 S. Decker Rd.

Waltonville, IL 211 East Randolph St.

Exact locations for all CountryMark retail stations can be found at the company’s online retail locator map.

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China Trade Agreement Includes Biotech Approvals

Jun 15, 2017 34
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The trade agreement between the U.S. and China that focused on U.S. beef also paved the way for Chinese approval of two U.S. genetically modified crop traits. China has approved imports of two new varieties of genetically modified crops, clearing the way for U.S. agricultural companies to market new biotech seeds to farmers. Through the announcement this week, China approved the import of Dow Enlist corn and Monsanto’s soybean variety, Vistive Gold. The approval stems from China agreeing to speed reviews of biotech products as part of the trade deal with President Donald Trump announced last month. Seed companies have long complained that China’s regulatory approval process was slow-moving and vague.

The announcement does not, however, approve cultivation of GM crops in China.

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Source: NAFB News Service

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China Trade Agreement Includes Biotech Approvals

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The trade agreement between the U.S. and China that focused on U.S. beef also paved the way for Chinese approval of two U.S. genetically modified crop traits. China has approved imports of two new varieties of genetically modified crops, clearing the way for U.S. agricultural companies to market new biotech seeds to farmers. Through the announcement this week, China approved the import of Dow Enlist corn and Monsanto’s soybean variety, Vistive Gold. The approval stems from China agreeing to speed reviews of biotech products as part of the trade deal with President Donald Trump announced last month. Seed companies have long complained that China’s regulatory approval process was slow-moving and vague.

The announcement does not, however, approve cultivation of GM crops in China.

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China Trade Agreement Includes Biotech Approvals

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The trade agreement between the U.S. and China that focused on U.S. beef also paved the way for Chinese approval of two U.S. genetically modified crop traits. China has approved imports of two new varieties of genetically modified crops, clearing the way for U.S. agricultural companies to market new biotech seeds to farmers. Through the announcement this week, China approved the import of Dow Enlist corn and Monsanto’s soybean variety, Vistive Gold. The approval stems from China agreeing to speed reviews of biotech products as part of the trade deal with President Donald Trump announced last month. Seed companies have long complained that China’s regulatory approval process was slow-moving and vague.

The announcement does not, however, approve cultivation of GM crops in China.

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Source: NAFB News Service

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China Trade Agreement Includes Biotech Approvals

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The trade agreement between the U.S. and China that focused on U.S. beef also paved the way for Chinese approval of two U.S. genetically modified crop traits. China has approved imports of two new varieties of genetically modified crops, clearing the way for U.S. agricultural companies to market new biotech seeds to farmers. Through the announcement this week, China approved the import of Dow Enlist corn and Monsanto’s soybean variety, Vistive Gold. The approval stems from China agreeing to speed reviews of biotech products as part of the trade deal with President Donald Trump announced last month. Seed companies have long complained that China’s regulatory approval process was slow-moving and vague.

The announcement does not, however, approve cultivation of GM crops in China.

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Source: NAFB News Service

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