Ag Chat with Bob Bosold - Jan. 22nd

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ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) -- Changes will be happening for the swine industry starting on February 1st. According to State Veterinarian Dr. Paul McGraw swine moving into and within Wisconsin will have to meet new testing requirements.

The new requirements are to help control the spread of two diseases--swine enteric corona virus disease and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome. Like all animals, swine entering Wisconsin must be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection signed by a veterinarian who has examined them and found them to be apparently healthy.

Swine that don't meet these requirements can enter Wisconsin with a CVI and import permit, however they will be quarantined until a Wisconsin veterinarian has developed a herd plan addressing testing and biosecurity, and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has approved the plan. Exhibitors who move swine into and out of the state for fairs or other exhibitions must notify DATCP. If their animals are potentially exposed to swine from positive herds at the events, they will be quarantined. Swine moving within Wisconsin must now also test negative for PRRS and SECD within 90 days of movement, unless they're going to slaughter, either directly or after a terminal fair or show.

The North American Free Trade Agreement isn't the only trade deal the Trump Administration is working on. The administration is hoping to make a trade deal with China using trade remedy tools in the United States trade law on China. Past efforts to engage China on trade have failed, and it seems it's time for a new approach. The Trump administration has ramped up its pressure on China in recent weeks and figures it will have to take a tougher stand.

Negotiators working on updates to the North American Free Trade Agreement get back to the bargaining table tomorrow in Montreal. And maybe all the lobbying U.S. farm groups have done to let the Trump Administration know how important NAFTA is to their bottom lines is starting to hit home. At the end of last week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told DTN News that he thinks the President is now seeing how positive the deal is for our farmers and rural economy. When asked about this new rounds of talks, Perdue said Mexico is showing some movement towards an agreement but Canada has been harder to convince that changes need to be made but he thinks they will move off some of their hard line positions.

There has been another huge buyout in agriculture. At the end of last week, JBS USA announced they have sold the world's largest cattle feeding operation to Pinnacle Asset management for $200 million. JBS owners in Brazil have been implicated in a huge bribery scandal at home and needed to sell some of their assets. And that included their Five Rivers Cattle Feeding operations with a capacity of 900,000 head. That includes 11 feedlots in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. The deal does require Pinnacle to continue to deliver cattle to JBA packing plants. Pinnacle is a New York based asset management firm with over $2 billion under management.

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