Canada Rejoins Talks to Stay In NAFTA, Deal Possible This Week
Reuters – 8/28/2018
Canada’s top trade negotiator joins her Mexican and U.S. counterparts in Washington on Tuesday in a bid to remain part of a trilateral North American trade pact, as U.S. officials expressed optimism a deal could be reached this week. Ottawa is under pressure to accept new terms on auto trade and dispute settlement rules after the United States and Mexico agreed on Monday to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
What’s Next for NAFTA?
Supply Chain Dive – 8/28/2018
After a year of intense negotiations between Canada, the United States and Mexico to renegotiate NAFTA, two of the parties can finally claim the talks’ first major breakthrough. Mexico and the United States on Monday announced they had reached a bilateral agreement resolving some of the issues that had obstructed round-after-round of negotiations. From automotive rules of origin to a sunset clause, the “understanding” — breached after a full month of bilateral talks — promised a win-win scenario for both countries in time to get a new deal signed by the end of 2019.
Eastern Washington Wheat Farmers Unsettled as Trade War With China Looms
One News Page – 8/28/2018
Eastern Washington wheat farmers are nervous about the value their crops might have this year after China threatened expanded 25 percent tariffs on US agricultural exports, including wheat.
USAID Gives Additional Funding to KSU Research Into Ending Hunger
World-Grain – 8/27/2018
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded Kansas State University $21.9 million to continue funding three research labs that work to end global hunger and poverty. The labs include the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Sorghum and Millet, known as SMIL; the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss, known as PHL; and the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Applied Wheat Genomics. In 2013, USAID awarded three innovation labs to KSU through the Feed the Future initiative, which is the U.S. government’s effort to end global hunger. KSU won the awards through a competitive process against programs across the United States.
Oklahoma Growers Prepare to Plant Wheat, Make Up for Lost Forage in 2017
Southwest Farm Press – 8/28/2018
The need for forage after a drouthy year, along with the commodity price inching up, has Oklahoma growers preparing their wheat drills for another planting season of primarily forage wheat. “I hope I’m not jinxing it, but something that looks a little bit different right now compared to this time last year is the wheat price,” says Dr. David Marburger, Oklahoma State University Extension specialist. “It’s at least going in the right direction, so that’s a positive sign.”
Source: U.S. Wheat Associates