Tag Archives: Trade

  • Broad overview of the grain markets
  • Look ahead to the USDA report of Tuesday
  • One day lower trade this week
  • Where have we gone in the last month of trade?
  • Are $14 beans possible?
  • Wheat has not had a lot of cold weather scares
  • Lower livestock…did the south sell to soon?


  • How have corn and soybean markets done for the week?
  • What were prices one year ago for corn and soybeans?
  • What all has changed in the corn market to get us to these prices?
  • How has the soybean supply and demand changed to get us to these prices?
  • What will the corn and soybean markets be focused on going into 2021?
  • What are some marketing lessons learned from 2020?


China imported a record amount of corn in November, giving rise to optimism that prices may be getting into their longest rally since 1988.

Pro Farmer says China bought 12 times more corn last month than in 2019. Customs data shows that for the first 11 months of 2020, imports more than doubled to nine million tons, passing China’s World Trade Organization commitments of 7.2 million tons for the first time in history.

The surge in corn imports pushed the overall Chinese grain prices higher. An official with the Chinese ag ministry says the Southeast Asian country has boosted imports of other feed grains like barley and DDGs to help narrow the supply gap. Higher prices are likely to give farmers the incentive to increase their corn planting next year, ensuring farmers have basic self-sufficiency.

China imported 1.3 million tons of corn in November, up 1,130 percent from November of 2019, while imports for the year totaled 9.04 million tons through November, up 122.7 percent from the same time last year.

President-elect Joe Biden nominated Katherine Tai to be the new U.S. Trade Representative. She’s been the chief trade counsel for the House Ways and Means Committee since 2017.

Tai previously served in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as the chief counsel for China Trade Enforcement. Howard “A.V.” Roth, National Pork Producers Council President, says her deep trade experience in Congress and the executive branch will serve her well as the next U.S. Trade Representative. “Opening new and expanding existing markets for U.S. pork exports are vital to the continued success of the U.S. pork industry,” he says. “We look forward to working with her on numerous trade-related issues.”

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall is also pleased with Tai’s selection. “America’s farmers and ranchers rely on a fair marketplace to compete globally, and it’s more important than ever for them to have an ally fighting on their behalf,” Duvall says. “Ms. Tai has deep trade experience and a solid understanding of the need to enforce existing trade agreements while working with our trade partners to expand market access overseas.”

The U.S. Dairy Export Council and the National Milk Producers Federation applaud the announcement that the U.S. Trade Representative is taking action on Canada’s dairy policies. U.S. Trade Rep Robert Lighthizer will initiate official consultations with Canada to examine the administration of its Tariff Rate Quota obligations for dairy.

The two U.S. dairy organizations have long raised an alarm about the need to ensure the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement is fully-enforced due to Canada’s history of undermining trade agreements. Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley and Banking Committee Chair Mike Crapo both say the Trump Administration is taking the right step for American dairy producers and farmers.

One of the biggest improvements in the new USMCA provisions is providing access to Canada’s dairy market, which had unfairly restricted equitable access to American dairy for years. The two Senate Committee chairs say, “We hope our Canadian partners can resolve this issue without going to arbitration, but we are supportive of Ambassador Lighthizer’s efforts either way.”

Wisconsin Senator Ron Kind says, “To create an even playing field for dairy farmers and help keep jobs in the United States, the administration must hold Canada and Mexico accountable to their trade commitments by implementing enforcement provisions.”