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Iowa delegation returns from ag trade mission to Colombia

U.S. beef and pork exports have been on the rise to Colombia. Grant Menke, Deputy Secretary with the Iowa Department of Agriculture, says that was confirmed during a recent trade mission to the country. “We were able to see U.S. beef and pork promoted... Read More.

Latin American delegation sees U.S. ethanol supply chain firsthand

The American Coalition for Ethanol, U.S. Grains Council, and South Dakota Corn Utilization Council recently hosted a group from Central America interested in learning about the U.S. ethanol supply chain. ACE chief marketing officer Ron Lamberty says the delegation of private sector and government... Read More.

Thailand delegation tours Wisconsin corn, ethanol sites

A delegation from Thailand and the Philippines is in Wisconsin Thursday to learn more about the state’s corn and ethanol production. Nicole Wagner with the Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board tells Brownfield nearly twenty buyers and government officials will start by observing the corn harvest.... Read More.

MO delegation asks USDA to emergency hay CRP

Missouri lawmakers are asking Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack to immediately allow emergency haying of Conservation Reserve Program acres in the drought. The primary nesting season delays several actions on CRP ground until after July 15 in Missouri. In a letter, the U.S. lawmakers said more... Read More.

Iowa delegation says debt ceiling bill supports biofuels industry

Iowa’s congressional delegation backed the debt ceiling bill in the House Wednesday, but only after some changes to the legislation that supported the biofuels industry. Republican Congresswoman Ashley Hinson says the Limit, Save, Grow Act of 2023 keeps some key biofuels tax credits in... Read More.

Missouri delegation wants dispute panel for GMO corn ban

A delegation of Missouri lawmakers said Mexico’s biotech corn ban will damage reliable market access for the state’s corn farmers. In a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, nine lawmakers asked the Biden administration to pursue a formal... Read More.

MO delegation wants EPA to revoke new WOTUS rule

Missouri’s Congressional delegation has sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency asking the agency to revoke the new Waters of the United States Rule. The delegation said farmers and ranchers in the state should be able to determine how to best manage their... Read More.

U.S. trade delegation in Thailand promoting northern soybeans

A U.S. trade delegation is educating buyers in Thailand about the benefits of soybeans grown in the Upper Midwest. Bob Swick, an American professor of animal nutrition working for Poultry Hub Australia, is on the trip and says they are working on a strategy to... Read More.

US trade delegation meets with Spain, Portugal

A trade mission to Spain is allowing USDA officials to seek expanded export opportunities. Clay Hamilton is the Associate Administrator of the USDA’s Foreign Ag Service. “We’ve been able to pull together meetings with buyers that we know are interested in our companies,” he said... Read More.

Foreign ag delegation embarks on Minnesota ag tour

Diplomats from more than 20 countries are kicking off a tour of Minnesota agriculture at the state capitol in St. Paul. Ben Rau with USDA’s Foreign Ag Service says FAS and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture are hosting delegates representing every geographic area of... Read More.

Trade delegation to visit the Philippines

Farmers and ag leaders from Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota are about to embark on a trade mission to the Philippines. Minnesota Ag Commissioner Thom Petersen says the delegation leaves July 10th. “The Philippines has been a good market for corn, pork, with different tariffs being... Read More.