Action Alerts

Trump Nominates Northey for USDA Farm Programs Post

Monday, September 18th, 2017 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information President Trump recently announced that Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey was his choice to serve as Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation.  If confirmed, Northey will oversee the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Risk Management Agency.  Northey a past president of the National Corn Growers Association is currently serving in his […] Read more...

Round Two of NAFTA Discussions Conclude in Mexico City

Monday, September 18th, 2017 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information The United States, Mexico and Canada concluded in Mexico City a second round of discussions focused on modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The meeting included a significant amount of focus on agricultural trade in relation to sanitary and phytosanitary guidelines.  The nations have yet to get into specific on tariff schedules or […] Read more...

Korean Free Trade Agreement Under Scrutiny By Trump

Monday, September 18th, 2017 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information President Trump has recently expressed strong concerns for the U.S. – Korean Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) as the United States currently carries roughly a $28 billion trade deficit to South Korea. While many question the timing of this criticism due to the instability in the region related to provocations by North Korea, it’s clear that President […] Read more...

House Approves Omnibus Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2018

Monday, September 18th, 2017 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information On Thursday, September 14th, the U.S. House of Representatives approved by a vote of 211-198,  a $1.2 trillion package of 12 spending bills in an omnibus measure to fund the federal government through the 2018 fiscal year, which begins October 1.  The approval of the measure follows the recent passage and signing of a short […] Read more...

Deere Purchases Blue River Technologies for $305 Million

Monday, September 18th, 2017 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information John Deere Company made a major investment this month in artificial intelligence in robotic spray technology with the purchase of a start up company named Blue River Technology.  Blue River had developed a new “see and spray” system for applying herbicides with pinpoint accuracy on weeds identified by optical sensors while moving down the field. […] Read more...
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