READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, August 22nd

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, August 22nd

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Another Poll Shows Farmer Support for Trump Fading

Another poll shows support of President Donald Trump by farmers is declining. A new Farm Journal poll shows that while almost 70 percent of America’s farmers and ranchers voted for Donald Trump in 2016, only 54 percent would vote for him again. Nearly 2,500 farmers participated in the online poll. 51 percent of those participating view the president as favorable, while 43 percent view him unfavorably and five percent view him neither favorable nor unfavorable. When asked if their opinion of President Trump had changed since the start of trade wars, 38 percent of respondents indicated they had no change in their opinion, while 36 percent said their opinion was less favorable and 26 percent said their opinion was more favorable. Even as the 2018 drought in the Midwest continues to cast a shadow over this year’s harvest amidst the tariff battles, some respondent’s comments were positive declaring President Trump the “best president America has ever had” while others are proclaiming him “the worst.”

Canadians Happy with Trudeau Handling of NAFTA

Canadians are supportive of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s (true-doh) handling of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Canada is expected to rejoin the talks this week, as the U.S. and Mexico are working to reach an agreement. Meanwhile, a Canadian public opinion research firm, says 56 percent of Canadians approve of Trudeau’s handling of the ongoing NAFTA talks, representing an 11-point increase since December of last year. Just 24 percent disapprove, and 20 percent are unsure. The poll shows a majority of Canadians, 55 percent, want a new NAFTA deal only if there are moderate or minor concessions to the U.S., as few are supportive of a deal that makes major concessions. Public expectations in Canada are largely unchanged since December. Four-in-ten expect the negotiations to produce a revised NAFTA that is either a fair deal or overly favorable to the United States.

China Hopeful for FTA with Canada

China is hopeful to create a free trade agreement with Canada as tension with the United States grows. China’s ambassador to Canada this week says he hopes to make progress on a free-trade agreement with Canada and others, according to Canada-based Global News. The U.S. and China remain locked in a tit-for-tat trade war and China is seeking options for imports outside the United States. The trade war includes tariffs on U.S. agricultural products, presenting potential harm to U.S. farmers. Free trade talks have also slowed between China and Canada as Canada has insisted on a progressive trade deal that would also cover some labor, environment, gender and governance issues. Officials say there was little progress on issues that are not directly related to trade. Canada has its own tensions with China, as earlier this year Canada blocked a $1.5 billion takeover of a construction firm by a Chinese company, starting a trade deterioration between the two nations.

Coalition Seeks Reprieve from Order Reviving Flawed WOTUS Rule

The American Farm Bureau Federation Monday asked a federal district court in South Carolina put a hold on an order striking a rule that delayed implementation of the 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule. The court order has the effect of immediately reviving and implementing the controversial WOTUS rule in 26 states. The 2015 rule has been blocked by other court orders in the remaining 24 states. AFBF and a broad coalition of agriculture groups asked the U.S. District Court of South Carolina to delay implementation of its August 16th order while the groups appeal the court’s decision. According to the filing, the court’s decision to strike the delay rule harms the public interest “because the 2015 WOTUS rule was promulgated in violation of procedural requirements, is inconsistent with the text of the Clean Water Act, and is unconstitutional—as every court to consider the issue has concluded.”

American Prefer Grocery Stores Over Online Ordering

A Gallup poll shows consumers are slow to migrate to online grocery shopping. The report released last week found 84 percent of adults say the never order groceries online and 89 percent have never ordered meal preparation kits, despite their perceived popularity. Gallop says Americans are much more inclined to simplify mealtime by ordering takeout or by going out to eat. However, nearly all Americans still shop for groceries the old-fashioned way, by going to a store. More than 80 percent of respondents reported visiting a grocery store at least once a week. Only four percent of adults said they order online groceries weekly. Aside from purchasing their own food, presumably to make at home, 45 percent of adults report eating out at a restaurant at least weekly and 31 percent order takeout food.

Commodity Prices Have Landowners Searching for Additional Income

Low commodity prices have landowners searching for alternative incomes, according to Farmers National Company. The company says this is especially true as farmers head into harvest of the 2018 crops with current prices impacted by trade issues. In some states, landowners have also been facing increased costs due to rising property tax bills. For owners who have the right type of property, the company says they can increase their farm income through a managed hunting lease. The land normally needs some timber, some cropland, water sources such as a stream or pond on the property or nearby, and access. With the right combination of attributes, the landowner can lease their property to a hunter for the year and receive a payment. Farmers National Company has help available to landowners and farmers with the Hunting Lease Network. The network, the company says, can help landowners improve their income and help handle leasing and insurance.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service