Soy Briefs01/02/2020 | Crop Production Research, Soil Health, Water Quality, Soybean Exports, Livestock, Economics
TRUMP TO SIGN PHASE-ONE CHINA TRADE DEAL JAN. 15
U.S. President Donald Trump said he will sign the first phase of a trade deal with China on Jan. 15, sealing an agreement that sees the Asian nation raising purchases of American farm goods in exchange for lower tariffs on some of its products.
“The ceremony will take place at the White House,” he said on his Twitter account Tuesday, adding he will be going to Beijing, where talks will begin on the second phase of the deal.
The deal, announced Dec. 13, sees the U.S. suspending plans for new tariffs on $160 billion of Chinese imports including smartphones and toys and reducing some existing levies. China agreed to increase its purchases of American agricultural products and has made new commitments on intellectual property protections, forced technology transfers by U.S. companies and currency practices. The move at least temporarily calm fears of an escalating trade war between the world’s two largest economies.
JUMP-START 2020 GROWING SEASON AT FEBRUARY ISA RESEARCH & RESULTS FORUMS
Goal setting is a hallmark of successful farming operations and often accompanies the start of a new year. Farmers can add greater productivity, profitability and sustainability to their list and devise plans to accomplish them by attending one of four “Research & Results Forums” in February hosted by the Iowa Soybean Association.
“The ISA research team and the farmers we work with learned a lot during the challenging 2019 growing season,” says Ed Anderson, the association’s director of research. “Now, we have the opportunity to present the results and information to farmers seeking to improve their operations. We can’t wait to have those conversations while inviting them to work with us on future projects, trials and programs.”
Forums will be held Feb. 4 (Buena Vista College, Storm Lake), Feb. 11 (AgriVision Equipment, Red Oak), Feb. 18 (Hills Bank, Washington) and Feb. 25 (FFA Enrichment Center, Ankeny). Each forum will run 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
USING COVER CROPS? SIGN UP FOR CROP INSURANCE DISCOUNTS
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig reminds farmers who planted fall cover crops that the deadline to sign up for a $5 per acre reduction on their 2020 crop insurance premiums is quickly approaching. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will accept applications until Jan. 15, 2020.
Farmers and landowners can sign up online at apply.cleanwateriowa.org. Fall 2019 cover crop acres enrolled in other state or federal cover crop cost-share programs are not eligible. Farmers who received prevent plant payments in 2019 are still eligible for the discounted insurance premiums.
“Cover crops offer multiple benefits to farmers and landowners; they are proven to reduce nutrient loads, improve soil health and can be used for livestock grazing,” said Secretary Naig. “This program is just one of many options farmers can use to implement innovative conservation practices on their land.”
COALITION TO SUPPORT IOWA'S FARMERS: YOUR FARM. YOUR FAMILY. OUR FOCUS.
Despite the ongoing challenges with markets and the weather in 2019, the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) celebrated their 15th anniversary helping livestock farmers grow successfully and responsibly. CSIF staff continued to see steady interest from farmers wanting to add livestock to help diversify their operations as well as increased interest in planting windbreaks on their farms through the Green Farmstead Partner Program. Check out CSIF's 2019 Annual Report for more information, including 2019 Iowa Agricultural Economic Contribution Study data and CSIF activities.
CSIF CONFERENCE TO FOCUS ON GROWING YOUR LIVESTOCK FARM
The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers is hosting its 15th annual Farming for the Future Conference on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Quality Inn and Suites in Ames.
This year’s conference, themed “Succeeding in a Changing Environment,” features a dynamic line-up of speakers who will provide livestock farmers with timely information to persevere through challenging economic times and raise livestock responsibly and successfully, provide an update on the rules and regulations impacting livestock farms, and hear about the importance of enhancing neighbor relations.
Information shared at the conference will be essential for all farmers regardless of age, experience, or commodity interest. Read more.
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