07-03-18 Inside CO Corn with Communications Director Kim Reddin…

Inside CO Corn with Communications Director Kim Reddin…

Farm Bills, Corn Conditions, Trade Issues, RVO’s, CU Lynx Motorsports, NCGA Corn Yield Contest, District Roundup Meetings and more…

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) July 3, 2018 – Colorado Corn’s Communications Director Kim Reddin joins the Colorado Ag News Network as she discusses the latest news related to the corn and ethanol industries. Here are some of the topics:


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Trump Administration Drafting Bill to Pull U.S. Out of WTO?

The website AXIOS, as well as AOL, are both reporting that the Trump Administration has drafted a bill that would abandon the United States’ commitment to the World Trade Organization’s rules. Trump has reportedly been discussing the withdrawal of the U.S. from the WTO altogether. However, Congress is unlikely to approve the measure. Administration officials involved in drafting the legislation tell AXIOS that the idea is “insane.” The draft bill would reportedly give the president the power to ignore the international trade rules set by the World Tradt Organization, according to a draft copy obtained by AXIOS. The draft bill is known as the United States Fair and Reciprocal Tariff Act, which would essentially allow President Trump to unilaterally raise tariffs without Congressional approval. The WTO maintains a rules-based system meant to resolve international trade disputes, end unfair trade practices, and head off potential trade wars. But, the president has reportedly said foreign countries use the organization to “screw over the United States.” Should the U.S. actually walk away from the WTO, it would undermine the entire system of trade rules agreed upon by the international community.


More Ag Tariffs In Place This Week

Major U.S. trading partners, including China, Canada, and Mexico are hitting back against the Trump Administration’s trade policies by putting retaliatory duties on almost $50 billion worth of U.S. goods. Politico says the final list of tariffs in Canada includes a lot of U.S. agricultural products, including orange juice, maple syrup, and U.S. prepared beef products. Canada’s Foreign Minister says they have no choice but to retaliate with a perfectly reciprocal dollar-for-dollar response. Later this week, Mexico will carry out the second part of a two-part process targeting almost $3 billion worth of U.S. goods. That includes $2.5 billion worth of American agricultural products, including cheese, pork hams and shoulders, apples, sausages, frozen potatoes, frozen cranberries, orange juice, and whiskey. The Trump Administration will likely escalate things on Friday by imposing a 25 percent duty on about $34 billion in additional Chinese goods. China is expected to immediately respond by implementing a 25 percent duty on about $34 billion worth of U.S. exports, including soybeans and cars.


Quebec Says Canada Should Rethink Dairy Policy

The largest dairy-producing province in Canada says the country should reconsider its dairy policy to help ease tensions with the United States. The Premiere of Quebec says the perception is that the Class 7 milk-pricing policy was put in place to hurt the competitiveness of American dairy products. Phillippe (Fill-LEEP) Couillard (Cool-YAHR) tells Bloomberg that the pricing policy seems to be the main sticking point with the U.S., rather than the supply-management program that controls dairy output by matching production with demand through import tariffs and quotas. The Class 7 milk policy began last year in Canada and makes it much cheaper for Canadian processors to buy domestic supplies of ultra-filtered milk, an important ingredient that boosts protein content in cheese and yogurt. The policy has drawn the ire of U.S. President Donald Trump, who says American farmers tell him that the policy all but blocks U.S. dairy exports from the Canadian market. Couillard says it doesn’t seem that the supply management program is a U.S. target in the negotiations anymore. “If milk pricing is the main issue,” he says, “let’s see how we can approach that, separate from supply management.”


Smithfield Loses Second North Carolina Nuisance Trial

A North Carolina jury found that a Smithfield Foods hog farm posed a nuisance to neighbors and awarded them $25 million in damages last Friday. The trade website Meating Place Dot Com says the plaintiffs, Elvis and Vonnie Williams, won the second of what is expected to be dozens of cases that allege the waste, odors, and noise from the company’s farms diminish the quality of life for their neighbors. Back in April, the jury in the first case awarded neighbors $50 million in damages, but that was cut to $3 million because of a state law that puts a cap on damage awards. The National Pork Producers Council says settlements like these set a dangerous precedent for the industry at a time when markets are extremely volatile. NPPC President Jim Heimerl says America’s hog farmers already face serious headwinds, which includes export market uncertainty because of trade disputes. “We can’t allow trial lawyers to abuse our legal system and threaten the livelihoods of livestock-farming families, the rural economy, and raise prices for consumers,” Heimerl says. The latest jury decision comes the same week that the North Carolina legislature, in response to the first verdict in favor of the residents, enacted a law protecting hog farms from nuisance lawsuits.


Senate Approves Pesticide Registration Improvement Act

Senate Ag Committee Chair Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow announced that the Senate has unanimously approved the reauthorization of the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act. “The U.S. Senate just passed a bipartisan farm bill to provide farmers and ranchers with some certainty amid a tough economy,” Roberts says, “and we can add to this certainty for producers and many other stakeholders with this long-delayed approval of PRIA.” Stabenow says the Senate Ag Committee is a place where lawmakers can come together and get good things done. “This bipartisan legislation helps our farmers to protect their crops, while also maintaining strong protections for farm workers and their families,” Stabenow says. Back in March of last year, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1029, their own reauthorization of PRIA, with strong bipartisan support on a voice vote. A variety of agriculture, non-agriculture, environmental, and labor interests all have come out in support of reauthorizing PRIA.   


Kansas Announces Pilot Disease Traceability Program for Cattle

Kansas state government officials and leaders from the Kansas livestock industry announced a new program called the Cattle Trace Pilot Project. Cattle Trace is a unique public-private project that will develop and test a cattle disease traceability infrastructure in the state, which will hopefully be a catalyst in discussing and designing a national traceability program. Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer was at a weekend event announcing the pilot project and says Kansas is home to some of the finest beef producers in the country. “We are proud that the Kansas beef industry has taken the lead in this important project that will enhance our ability to protect cattle health here and across the nation,” Colyer says. Kansas beef producers, as well as state government officials, consider cattle disease traceability to be an important component in the overall viability and biosecurity of the U.S. beef industry, playing a significant role in resuming and maintaining commerce in the event of a disease outbreak. The development of a viable end-to-end cattle disease traceability system is a top priority in the beef industry in Kansas and across the country.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service