Wheat Imports Rising in Nigeria
World Grain – 12/19/2018
Wheat imports to Nigeria in 2018-19 are forecast to rise 4% from the previous year to 5.4 million tonnes, according to a Dec. 18 Global Agricultural Information Network report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA attributed the increase to flour millers’ growing access to foreign exchange to pay for imports. The increase comes as Nigeria struggles to expand wheat production, which has been stagnant at 60,000 tonnes the last three years.
Ukraine Grain Exports Rise to 21 Mln T
Successful Farming – 12/18/2018
Ukrainian grain exports have reached 21.09 million tonnes so far in the 2018/2019 season, compared with 19.25 million by the same point in the previous season, the agriculture ministry said on Wednesday. Ukraine has said it harvested a record 70.1 million tonnes of grain this year versus 61.3 million in 2017, while the ministry said exports could rise to 47.2 million tonnes in the July 2018 to June 2019 season from 39.4 million a season before.
U.S., China Spar at WTO, Blame Each Other For Trade Crisis
Reuters – 12/19/2018
The United States and China clashed anew at the World Trade Organization on Wednesday, accusing each other of undermining the multilateral trading system, according to texts of speeches at closed-door talks seen by Reuters.U.S. Ambassador Dennis Shea also rejected a comment made by the European Union (EU) on Monday that Washington was at the “epicenter” of the crisis. “The crisis is caused by the fundamental incompatibility of China’s trade-distorting, non-market economic regime with an open, transparent and predictable international trading system,” Shea said. “It is compounded by (WTO) members’ collective failure over many years to address this problem.”
Trade Mitigation Won’t Undo Damage, Ag Groups Say
Capital Press – 12/18/2018
After reports last week that the White House was delaying additional payments to farmers to mitigate lost trade due to retaliatory tariffs, USDA announced on Monday a second and final round of assistance. Farm groups were quick to weigh in on the announcement, saying in press statements that while they appreciate the assistance, it falls short of actual damages and getting trade back on track is critical. The American Farm Bureau Federation said farmers and ranchers continue to feel price pressure and very real economic damage due to the trade actions other nations have taken.
Trade, Tariffs, Farm Bill
Wheat Life – 12/17/2018
For a few days last month, wheat farmers from the Pacific Northwest traded in the farm for a convention center in Portland, Ore., where trade, tariffs and other ag-related issues featured prominently on the menu. Two panels of experts and presentations from top officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative detailed the state of agriculture and the issues the industry faces, both nationally and at home.
Vogel’s Science Legacy Brings Revolutionary Wheat Ideas to Life
Washington State University College of Agricultural Sciences – 12/19/2018
The clues were there, but Andrei Smertenko’s ideas on how to help plant cells resist drought were new and untried. The Washington State University cell biologist needed a backer, someone to believe in him and turn idea into action that could one day transform wheat and feed a hungry world. Smertenko found that support thanks to the late Orville A. Vogel, a famed, groundbreaking WSU wheat researcher, and the endowment that he created — a fund that helps scientists launch pioneering research that might otherwise never get off the ground.
Source: U.S. Wheat Associates