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U.S. wins dispute over China's grain tariff-rate quotas


U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel found that China has administered its tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) for wheat, corn, and rice inconsistently with its WTO commitments.

The yin and yang of agricultural trade


It’s a fascinating, but uncertain, time in the agricultural markets. Global and US supplies of agricultural products are at or near record levels. At the same time, global demand for agricultural products continues to grow, pressured by both population and income growth.

It’s time to pass the USMCA


By protecting access to Canada and Mexico, the agreement is a good deal for American farmers.

Trade questions linger as a new crop is planted


Nearly every year Iowa farmers struggle through erratic and unpredictable spring weather as they begin to plant their corn and soybean fields.

Dostal: Trade is essential for Iowa farmers


Trade conflicts, which have severely disrupted exports and have driven down commodity prices, pose a serious threat to farmers’ balance sheets and the long-term viability of rural communities,

Making their case in Washington


Iowa Farm Bureau members highlight trade, biofuels and flood recovery in meetings with the state's congressional delegation in Washington, D.C.

Quinn to retire from World Food Prize


Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn announced last week that he will retire as president of the World Food Prize Foundation in January 2020.

New record for U.S. ethanol production and exports in 2018 and an update on Iowa’s ethanol industry


Over 5.55 billion bushels of corn were crushed for fuel ethanol during the 2018 calendar year.

USDA county yield estimates


Marshall County has the state’s highest average corn yield, Sioux County tops soybeans.

Chinese demand for safer food spurs imports


There’s certainly plenty of turmoil these days in U.S.-China trade relations.