Monthly Archives: August 2010

Washington Post-Blanche Lincoln

Washington Post Article-Blanche Lincoln

Final Rule Issued on Cotton Program/CCC-Approved Warehouses

Final Rule Issued on Cotton Program/CCC-Approved Warehouses

USDA Commodity Credit Corp. (CCC) issued a final rule that makes three changes to the regulations for the cotton program and to the regulations for CCC-approved warehouses used for cotton.

The rule removes obsolete definitions from the regulations for cotton non-recourse loans and loan deficiency payments. It also clarifies the […]

CHINA DEVALUES AMERICAN INDUSTRY

CHINA DEVALUES AMERICAN INDUSTRY

(FROM GASTON GAZETTE)
Anderson Warlick, CEO of Gastonia’s Parkdale Mills

China is stealing American jobs. Ninety thousand U.S. textile and apparel jobs have disappeared since the start of the recession. China is responsible for the lion’s share of them. We have already racked up a textile and apparel trade deficit of $23.6 […]

ELECTIONS UPDATE – SENATE AG COMMITTEE

The editor of the  DTN Ag Policy Blog reported yesterday:  “Barring an outright collapse, Democrats will maintain control of the Senate. The question is by how much and whether Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., will be back and stay majority leader.” “Naturally, the major race right now is Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Blanche Lincoln’s campaign […]

MEXICO ADDS TARIFFS

Today’s Wall Street Journal reported that, “Mexico plans to impose tariffs on an expanded array of American products, from pork to pistachios, escalating a trade dispute over a U.S. ban on Mexican truckers operating north of the border.

“Mexico’s Economy Ministry said Monday it would add 26 U.S. products to its tariff list while removing 16 […]

NCTO Press Release

Senators Hagan and Graham Introduce
Textile Enforcement and Security Act of 2010

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CRS REPORT FOR CONGRESS

A July 20 Congressional Research Report “Measuring Equity in Farm Support Levels”- by Randy Schnepf, Specialist in Agriculture Policy, is attached.

EXCERPT: This report looks at available data for the major program crops and compares support rates per unit, total payments, payments per harvested acre, payments as a share of the value of production, […]

Ron Kirk Testimony Senate Ag Committee

See Attachment Below
Testimony of Ambassador Ron Kirk
August 4, 2010
Senate Committee on Agriculture
Hearing on Promoting U.S. Agricultural Exports
Washington, D.C.

10-0806-Ron Kirk Testimony

Presentation on Ag Swaps

Attached is a presentation on Ag Swaps and the Dodd/Frank Bill presented during yesterday’s meeting of the CFTC Ag Advisory Committee.  Also, ACSA President Jordan Lea presented ACSA’s views on the Informa Report during Thursday’s hearing and did an excellent job representing ACSA’s views and policy.

10-0806-DonH_Ag Swaps (2)