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June 16, 2021

June 16, 2021

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It could change tomorrow, but at this moment nothing is getting done in this town. There are talks going on and ideas being evaluated. President Biden met with the Group of Seven in Europe and the NATO nations agreed to join together and challenge China’s behavior on trade, intellectual property, forced labor, and aggressive expansion. I’m not sure China will listen. Will they negotiate to lift all of the tariffs? China is the biggest customer for our ag products. If we alienate China enough, we might lose that market.

Another trade question that needs to be dealt with is TPA (Trade Promotion Authority). The U.S.
was part of that agreement until President Trump withdrew. I always considered that a mistake.
That agreement joined us with the Trans-Pacific Partnership to better compete with China. The
agreement eliminated tariffs on 18,000 American made products. Now China wants to join TPA.
We need to get back aboard.

U.S. Trade Representative, Katherine Tai met with German trade leaders to get rid of tariffs imposed by both countries in our dispute over Boeing versus Airbus, which has been going on for years. Reports are that they have reached an agreement. Also, we have the heavy metal steel and aluminum tariffs that Trump put on Germany. Katherine Tai is highly respected, but she has a load on her shoulders. I almost forgot we are supposed to negotiate a free trade agreement with the UK also.

On the home front, the ag industry wants our government to deal with the concentration of our
meatpacking industry. Cattle producers are not satisfied. The steak in the store costs a lot more,
but what about the price of the market animal? USDA will be working to put in place stricter
antitrust regulations. The Farm Bureau is worried that the EPA will give small refineries an
exemption relieving them of their obligation to blend in ethanol. That will hurt the corn market.
As you can see, there are a lot of problems to be dealt with, but will we get anything done? Don’t
bet the farm on it. Randy Russell will fill in for me next week.

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December 25 2020

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It’s Christmas. And the New Year is almost upon us. This year has been one for the books. The Coronavirus has upset everything. Millions of jobs have been lost. Some families…

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December 16 2020

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After the election we all read about President Trump challenging the results. However, we also are reading about President-Elect Biden’s possible nominees for his cabinet. We…

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December 9 2020

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Thanksgiving

November 25 2020

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National Corn Growers Association, CropLife America, and Renewable Fuels Association.
They are all friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm economy and prosperous rural
America. Thank you.

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We just celebrated another Thanksgiving. At least, I hope we celebrated it. I know these are
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With the Biden Presidency approaching, climate change has been elevated to talk and perhaps
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